Ethics: Death Wish

A Georgia quadriplegic wins the right to end his life

Larry McAfee was an avid outdoorsman. Growing up in south Georgia, he loved to fish, hunt and play baseball. But all that ended in 1985, when a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Since then he has lost his zest for living. McAfee, 33, thus petitioned a Georgia court for permission to turn off the ventilator that has been keeping him alive. As the former civil engineer testified in an emotional bedside hearing last month, he woke up every morning "fearful of each new day. There is nothing I have found or can think of that I really...

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