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Special Assignment (Right To Die) #69602

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 02, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) William Foster s case said illustrating predicament of those terminally ill who wish to be taken off life support systems or treatment; details given. [FOSTER - explains his position, his wife's.] [Bernard FOSTER - notes his reasons for wanting father to live.] [Attorney Richard Stanley SCOTT - claims client should be allowed to die.] Florida case cited as precedent discussed. [Dr. Marshall BRUMER - comments on physician's position.] Issue of loss of control of one's life discussed. [Attorney George BALTAXE - explains wife and son's position.] Eventual outcome of Foster's case reported Issue of "living will" discussed; findings of 1981 Louis Harris poll on right-to-die outlined on screen. Status of living will legislature in various states mentioned. [Psychiatrist Dr. Edwin SCHNEIDMAN - notes century's preoccupation with death.] Suicide noted being considered by growing number of terminally ill as reasonable solution.
REPORTER: Rita Sands

Reporter(s):
Robinson, Max;
Sands, Rita
Duration:
00:04:40

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