ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 03, 1981
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(Studio) Special Assignment report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(NYC) Suicide as alternative to being kept alive only by machines considered. [Frank THAIN - believes he has right to take deadly pills when he chooses.] [Dr. Walter SACKETT - supports Thain in his decision.] Cancer victim Jean Humphrey cited. [Derek HUMPHREY - talks of helping his wife die.] Humphrey book, "Jean's Death", noted; also his founding of Hemlock Society. [HUMPHREY - notes need for support of those who choose the Hemlock way.] [Florida Med. Center Dr. Marshall BRUMER - could not aid patient to die.] 56% Americans said now supportive of euthanasia. [Psychiatrist Dr. Edwin SCHNEIDMAN - says people die as they live in dark moments.] [Late Mary VOELKER - would not consider suicide.] [Ernie VOELKER - agrees with his wife's decision against further treatment.] [Mary VOELKER - speaks of love for family.] Mary's death reported Cts. said now deciding rights of the dying.
REPORTER: Rita Sands
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