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The Death of Nancy Cruzan

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The story of Nancy Cruzan's near fatal automobile accident and her family's three and one half year legal battle which became the first right-to-die case heard by the Supreme Court.
DVD
1992
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Right to Live, Right to Die [electronic resource]

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Presents a discussion among judges, doctors and congressional representatives concerning personal freedoms and privacy as balanced against state intervention and societal rights. Touches on the topic of abortion, "Baby Doc" cases and the right to die. The issues are debated by Gloria Steinem, Joseph Califano, Rep. Henry Hyde, Phil Donahue, and others.
Online
1984
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Legislatures [electronic resource]: Laying Down the Law

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Explores the idea that legislatures, although contentious bodies, are institutions composed of men and women who make representative democracy work by reflecting and reconciling the wide diversity of views held by Americans. Case studies include the work of John McCain and others to reform campaign funding, the fight for "Death with Dignity" laws in Oregon, and a day in the life of Representative Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland.
Online
2003
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Does Doctor Know Best? [electronic resource]

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A panel of medical experts discuss the ethics of doctor-patient relationships. Using the case of a young woman diagnosed as having cancer who subsequently becomes pregnant, the panelists discuss how much the patient should be told, who is in charge of selecting medical treatment, and whether doctors should allow their patients to commit suicide. Doctors from the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center discuss controversies created by modern medicine with C. Everett Koop, journalist Ellen Goodman, and others.
Online
1989