NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Law of God

With his wife beside him, Dr. Hermann Sander, the "mercy killer" of a cancer patient, stood before a court in Manchester, N.H. As the central figure in a deep and troubled discussion, he also stood before the world. His case had stirred up discussion in London, Vatican City, corner drugstores and church pulpits.

Euthanasia societies saw it as proof of the need for laws that would make such killings legal. Sander's neighbors in the town of Candia (pop. 965) saw him as a sympathetic figure; 605 of them signed a testimonial expressing...