The Law: A Life in the Balance

"Take her from the machine and let her pass into the hands of the Lord...If he wants her to live in a natural state, he'll create a miracle and she'll live, if he wants her to die, she will be off all the artificial means and she'll die whenever he calls her. "

Joseph Quinlan, a modest drug-company section supervisor, loves his adopted daughter, Karen Anne. That is why the squarely built man with the short graying hair found himself in court last week, pleading for permission to let her die. Karen, 21, has been...

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