Law: Death Agonies

Baby Doe and Bouvia (Contd.)

Two celebrated life-and-death legal struggles intensified on both coasts over the Christmas holidays. In New York, the severely handicapped Baby Jane Doe, now almost three months old, became the subject of a third lawsuit intended to prolong her life. In California, Cerebral Palsy Victim Elizabeth Bouvia was denied the right to starve herself to death in a Riverside hospital and was force-fed despite her bitter resistance.

The latest round of litigation in the Baby Jane Doe case was initiated by A. Lawrence Washburn Jr., 48, an attorney whom Baby...

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