Law: The Right to Die

Who can play fate and how?

His doctor says Earle Spring should be allowed to die. Spring's wife and son concur. So does a probate court judge. Yet last week Spring, 78, who is senile, was still receiving the kidney dialysis treatments that sustain his life, while Justice Francis J. Quirico, of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, tried to decide if there was any new evidence to justify reopening arguments on whether Spring himself would prefer to die. Quirico's decision could be important for the increasing numbers of Americans who, though severely ill like...

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