Ethics: Bringing An End to Limbo

A Missouri court affirms Nancy Cruzan's right to die after hearing "clear and convincing" evidence to support the move

The cruel ordeal of Nancy Cruzan is finally drawing to an end. Last week probate judge Charles Teel Jr. ruled that the Missouri Rehabilitation Center could disconnect the feeding tube that has kept the woman alive since 1983, when a car crash left her in an irreversible coma. Since state officials have promised to abide by the ruling, the decision ends a legal battle that took the woman's parents all the way to the Supreme Court in their quest to "allow Nancy the dignity of death."

In a written statement, Joe Cruzan said that because of his daughter's travail, "I suspect...

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