Right to Die Cruzan Quinlan Schiavo Maynard + Quiz + Flashcards = 76 Slides
Right to Die Cruzan Quinlan Schiavo Maynard + Quiz + Flashcards = 76 Slides In All!

The main product is the Powerpoint Presentation which discusses the cases, the state laws, and every impact the right to die issue has riased. There are also Flash Cards for complete right to die review, class discussion and/or testing. The powerpoint slides are highly visual and textual whereas the flash cards are mostly visual with some text. There is also a 20 question multiple choice quiz, answer key included.

The cases discussed include: Cruzan, Quinlan, Schiavo, Maynard, Gonzales (the attempt by the attorney general to scuttle the Oregon statute), Baxter v. Montana

State law discussed includes: Vermont, Oregon, Washington and Montana

Living Will & Advanced Directives with Sample

The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook author.

excerpt Cruzan case discussion:

You might be thinking that Nancy Cruzan’s family lost this case and that Missouri won the case. You would be wrong. It looks that way and it often does. So you have to reread it very carefully and then you will understand why Nancy Cruzan died decades ago by having her feeding tube removed.

First, SCOTUS goes ahead and creates the right for her to do this, terminate her life. This is no small thing. It holds that competent persons are able to exercise the right to refuse medical treatment under the Due Process Clause and its implied right to privacy. This is why many of us now have final directive documents which state exactly what we want done. The court gave us that right that day.

But SCOTUS is not abandoning the Cruzans in their time of need. It says that the mistake the Cruzans made is that they did not come up with clear and convincing evidence. They needed more evidence than that housemate. So, say they were to find more evidence, through more people to whom Nancy expressed her final wishes, then the local court would be able to give them the order to remove the tube.

The Cruzans hurry home and find some new witnesses and evidence about Nancy’s wanting to die if she was in this condition. They apply to the lower court again for the right to remove the feeding tube. The judge listens to these new witnesses and finds their testimony “clear and convincing”. The order is issued for the removal of the feeding tube. It is removed and Nancy Cruzan dies 11 days later on December 26, 1990. SCOTUS told them how to do it on June 25, 1990. It took the Cruzans six months to get exactly what they wanted after “losing” the case. One such example of the “new” evidence which was “clear and convincing”:

Testimony from Christy, Nancy’s sister
Christy testified in court that during a conversation after the death of their grandmother in 1981, Nancy told her that there are things worse than death.
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