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Right To Die / Bouvia #528070

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 16, 1983
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(Studio) Judge reported denying request of Elizabeth Bouvia to be allowed to die, as patient of Riverside Hospital, Riverside, California.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Riverside, California) Courtroom scenes shown. [Judge John HEWS - reads decision, favoring society's obligation to sustain life.] [On December 7, BOUVIA - does not want to receive care required for life.] Bouvia noted crippled by cerebral palsy, which is not terminal. [County counsel Barbara MILLIKEN - interprets judge's ruling as against requiring others to assist in Bouvia's suicide.] [Bouvia's lawyer Richard SCOTT - described Bouvia's reaction to decision.] Bouvia's intention to appeal declared.
REPORTER: Heidi Schulman

Brokaw, Tom;
Schulman, Heidi

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