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Euthanasia

A Florida court granted a husband's request to discontinue life-support systems for his wife, who had been in a persistent vegetative state for ten years, despite the objections of her parents.

Euthanasia

Key point. The civil courts may authorize the withdrawal of life-support systems for a person in a persistent vegetative state under certain conditions.

* A Florida court granted a husband's request to discontinue life-support systems for his wife, who had been in a persistent vegetative state for ten years, despite the objections of her parents. The termination of life-support systems for a family member in a vegetative coma is one of the most difficult decisions that any family can make. Families often turn to their pastor for guidance. Of course, theological and pastoral concerns are paramount in such cases, but since the final decision is made in a legal context it is important for pastors to have some understanding of the legal principles that apply. A recent case in Florida illustrates some of the legal issues. A married couple had a baby daughter in 1963 (Theresa). Theresa ...

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  • January 1, 2002