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1989 Dec;16(6):487-9. *433 "The Court has been well and ably advised in the premises by counsel for the Petitioners, William Colby, Esq., Kansas City and Walter Williams, Esq., Joplin; for the Respondents, The Honorable William L. Webster, Attorney General of Missouri, Robert Presson, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, and Robert R. Northcutt, Esq., General Counsel Missouri Department of Health, all of Jefferson City; and the Court appointed Guardians Ad Litem and attorneys for our Ward, Thad C. McCanse, Esq., and David Mouton, Esq., both of the law firm of Flanigan, McCanse and Lasley, Carthage, and Amici Curiae Briefs from Society For The Right to Die, the Ethics and Advocacy Task Force of the Nursing Home Action Group filed by the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled and the Missouri Citizens For Life. Alexander, "Death by Directive", 28 Santa Clara L.Rev 67, 83 (1988). 3d 185, 245 Cal. I would grant that my approach to this case is realistic rather than absolute, because it is not possible to express absolutes in situations such as these. 1988) (en banc), cert. 417, 435, 497 N.E.2d 626, 636 (1986). Cruzan v. Cruzan, by Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408 (Mo. I would order a rehearing before seven regular judges during the January Term, 1989. This circumstance alone indicates a relativity of values. We thus find no unfettered right of privacy under our constitution that would support the right of a person to refuse medical treatment in every circumstance. She is not dead. The court recognized that there were both constitutional and common law rights to be freed from unwanted medical treatment. We therefore do not decide any issue in this case relating to the authority of competent persons to suspend life-sustaining treatment in the face of terminal illness or otherwise. She will remain in a persistent vegetative state until her death. As the majority recognizes, ante, at 281-282, Missouri has a parens patriae interest in providing Nancy Cruzan, now incompetent, with as accurate as possible a determination of how she would exercise her rights under these circumstances. The opinion unnecessarily and by dictum seeks to place a mantle of constitutionality on the Missouri Living Will Statute, which statute in my opinion has been a fraud on the people of Missouri from the beginning and which statute, if directly attacked, must, in my opinion, be held to be unconstitutional.[1]. But until Nancy's wis… The seminal case is In re Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976), cert. In deciding the applicability of the right to such determinations, Quinlan first cites Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 85 S. Ct. 1678, 14 L. Ed. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 497 U.S. 261; 110 S. Ct. 2841; 111 L. Ed. This permanent and irreversible condition is the apparent result of time duration of anoxia which was initially feared by the examining and consulting neurosurgeon. [3] She is not terminally ill. Medical experts testified that she could live another thirty years. Cruzan v. … Euthanasia is not statutorily defined and there are differing definitions in both lay and professional terms. "There is a fundamental natural right expressed in our Constitution as the `right to liberty'[3], which permits an individual to refuse or direct the withholding or withdrawal of artificial death prolonging procedures when the person has no more cognitive brain function than our Ward and all the physicians agree there is no hope of further recovery while the deterioration of the brain continues with further overall worsening physical contractures. Brophy, 497 N.E.2d at 633. These statements are best summarized in the testimony of Nancy's roommate that she "would not want to continue her present existence without hope as it is." And we understand, for these loving parents have seen only defeat through the memories they hold of a vibrant woman for whom the future held but promise. Cruzan, 110 S. Ct. at 2852-53. The majority states, "A guardian's power to exercise third party choice arises from the state's authority, not the constitutional rights of the ward." We further hold that the evidence offered at trial as to Nancy's wishes is inherently unreliable and thus insufficient to support the co-guardians claim to exercise substituted judgment on Nancy's behalf. Yet the majority itself recognizes that courts in at least 16 states have found a way to allow persons in the plight of Nancy Cruzan wishing to die to meet that end. It is the most recent case on removal of a feeding tube and deals with all the issues presented in Nancy's case. Nancy was found 35 feet away from her car face down in a ditch. Although the legislators who passed this law had intended it to apply to abortions only, the court was compelled by its plain language to apply it to all human beings, including Nancy Cruzan… Id. [13] In Barber v. Time, Inc., 348 Mo. Unlike the majority's avoidance of this issue[1] the Gray court looked to other case law "addressing this issue and concluded that analytically no difference exists between artificial feeding and other life support measures." Rptr. [3] While it might be argued that nothing about Nancy's condition requires expediting the case, only a court without compassion could ignore the continuing agonizing pain and suffering of Nancy's family. Furthermore, the "Living Will" statute, which the majority finds to be "an expression of the policy of this state with regard to sanctity of life," in fact allows and encourages the pre-planned termination of life. App. Cruzan, 760 S.W.2d at 410. In response to the dilemmas which attend the increasing ability of medical science to maintain life where death would have come quickly in former days, legislatures across the country adopted so-called "Living Will" statutes. Those who have made decisions about such matters without resort to the courts certainly consider the quality of life, and balance this against the unpleasant consequences to the patient. Eventually, the case made it to the Supreme Court. banc 1986). Substituted judgment in that case permits the decisionmaker to assume that he is an incompetent who becomes competent but continues to weigh the decision as though incompetent. The majority cites Matter of Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, 529 A.2d 434 (1987), contending it is factually similar to Nancy's case. She was apparently eastbound at a speed too fast for the conditions when her car ran off the left (north) side of the pavement and struck some small trees, a mailbox and then swerved back across and off the pavement on the right (south) side and ran through a fence and overturned several times coming to rest on its top some 210 feet from the mailbox on the north side of Elm Road in the ditch of the private driveway. A decision to deny such treatment in the face of medical advice may be considered irrational and abusive. Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408, 427 (Mo. (1990) United States Constitution does not prohibit Missouri from requiring that evidence of an incompetent's wishes as to the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment be proven by clear and convincing evidence. ", The brief of the Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States and the Ethics and Advocacy Task Force of the Nursing Home Action Group, however, assert that a course such as that set out by the trial court would "threaten the affirmation and fundamental right to and interest in life of people with disabilities. issues and that the state could therefore force Ms. Cruzan See Cruzan, 110 S Ct at 2845. The court also declined to read a broad right of privacy into the State Constitution which would "support the right of a person to refuse medical … Marcia Gray, like Nancy, was in a persistent vegetative state. This is not to say that the State has no legitimate interests to assert here. Yet Roe itself counsels against such a broad reading. In sum, we hold that the co-guardians do not have authority to order the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition to Nancy. We review this case under Murphy v. Carron, 536 S.W.2d 30, 32 (Mo. Bouvia and In re Farrell, 108 N.J. 335, 529 A.2d 404 (1987), took the next step; they found that the state's interest in preserving life is not compelling when a competent patient wishes to have life-sustaining treatment withdrawn. The appellants have the normal burden of demonstrating error, which these defendants have not done. 1988 Sep;9(3):349-75. doi: 10.1080/01947648809513533. Cruzan, 760 S.W.2d at 410. 417-418. The broad policy statements of the legislature make no such distinction; nor shall we. 297 (1986), In re Drabick III, 200 Cal. It is here to examine and determine Nancy Cruzan's right to die under the federal and state constitutions, under our existing case law which requires us to defer to the facts as found below, and under the large body of precedent established by the courts of our sister states. Significantly, the problem in Quinlan and Jobes is not before this Court because the trial court found by clear and convincing evidence that Nancy Cruzan would have chosen to have the feeding tube withdrawn had she been competent to choose. Assisted Suicide and Cruzan v. Harmon Legal responsibility, government boundaries, and the Cruzan v. Harmon Supreme Court decision on legalizing physician assisted suicide are all part of a tutorial of … (2) When respiration and circulation are artificially maintained, and there is total and irreversible cessation of all brain function, including the brain stem and that such determination is made by a licensed physician. Respondents support the trial court's order by urging that Nancy has both a common law and constitutional right to be free from "invasive, unwanted and nonbeneficial" medical treatment, and that her right to refuse such treatment survives incompetency and may be exercised by her guardians as substituted decisionmakers. We are asked to hold that the cost of maintaining Nancy's present life is too great when weighed against the benefit that life conveys both to Nancy and her loved ones and that she must die. Yet a diminished quality of life does not support a decision to cause death. The court recognized a general right to refuse medical treatment in appropriate circumstances and held that such a right extends to incompetents. 629, 405 N.E.2d 115 (1980), Custody of a Minor, 385 Mass. at 26. 3d 185, 245 Cal. Our task, however, is to decide cases rather than to philosophize. "Her expressed thoughts at age twenty-five in somewhat serious conversation with a housemate friend that if sick or injured she would not wish to continue her life unless she could live at least halfway normally suggests that given her present condition she would not wish to continue on with her nutrition and hydration. Neither the federal nor the Missouri constitutions expressly provide a right of privacy. As pointed out in the principal opinion, Cruzan v. Harmon v. McCanse, 760 S.W.2d at 419 (Mo. Although appellants emphasize selected testimony for purposes of their arguments, none of appellants' contentions dispute the facts as found by the trial court. The state's interest in life embraces two separate concerns: an interest in the prolongation of the life of the individual patient and an interest in the sanctity of life itself. Elm Road is a two lane east-west asphaltic pavement, 18 feet wide on an easterly uphill grade in an open area. AMERICAN MEDICAL . Karen's father sought judicial permission to disconnect the respirator, believing that death would follow quickly;[6] the expert medical testimony so advised him. Decisions about medical treatment have customarily been made by the patient, or by those closest to the patient if the patient, because of youth or infirmity, is unable to make the decisions. Id. The majority projects the impression that in In re Farrell the New Jersey Supreme Court found some inherent fault in their Quinlan decision. The court formulated three tests to assist in making a determination as to the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures. 0293888, slip op. The logic and legal analysis of the Gray court follow: First, the court resolved the issue whether there is a right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. Corbett v. D'Alessandro, 487 So. In discussing the constitutional right of privacy, the United States Supreme Court wrote that the right of privacy, when exercised in an abortion context, is one that cannot be vetoed by any third party. Instead, the right to control fundamental medical decisions is an aspect of the right of self-determination and personal autonomy that is `deeply rooted in this Nation's history and tradition.'" She was employed on either the 3 to 11 or the graveyard shift at Schreiber Foods. Her husband later divorced her. Her death is imminent only if she is denied food and water. We should respect their decision even though, if similarly situated, we might elect to continue the feeding of a loved one. Assuming, arguendo, that the right of privacy may be exercised by a third party in the absence of strict formalities assigning that right, the risk of arbitrary decisionmaking and grave consequences attaches all the more when the third party seeks to cause the death of an incompetent. They have exhausted any wellspring of hope which might have earlier accompanied their now interminable bedside vigil. We find its discussion inapplicable in cases involving decisions of personal autonomy. Missouri's statute, Sections 459.010, et seq., RSMo 1986, is modeled after URITA, but with substantial modifications which reflect this State's strong interest in life. Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408, 416-417 (1988) (en banc). A gastrostomy tube provided food and water. For most of the world's history, and presently in most parts of the world, such decisions would never arise because the technology would not be available. 355 A.2d at 664. Pages: 8 1 Step 1 Paper Details & Billing Info; 2 Step 2 Delivery Options; 3 step 3 Payment Options; Step 1: Paper Details … 840 (1988): The court allowed a conservator to exercise the right on behalf of an incompetent patient in a persistent vegetative state even without prior court approval if the decision is made in good faith. The court balanced the constitutional right to privacy and the common law right to refuse medical treatment against the state's interests. Murphy v. Carron, 536 S.W.2d 30, 32 (Mo. 29, p. 389, 1989. 2d 365 (Fla.Dist. For example, the majority states, "the continuation of feeding through the tube is not heroically invasive." 534 A.2d at 953. My disagreement with the principal opinion lies fundamentally in its emphasis on the interest of and the role of the state, represented by the Attorney General. The principal opinion, states that "[n]one of the parties argue that Missouri's Living Will statute applies in this case." This substitution of judgment for that of the trial court constitutes an incredible denial of the deference due the trial court's exclusive power to judge the credibility of witnesses. It is often difficult to find the proper words to express a conclusion, and it is easy to criticize the struggles of others. of Health, 110 S. Ct. 2841. From Quinlan to Cruzan PHILIP G. PETERS, JR.* When Nancy Cruzan informed a friend that she would not want medical treatment if she could not live "at least halfway normally,"' she could hardly have … 154 (1868) (a reversal could not be had if the judges were divided, therefore, the judgment of the court below stood in full force); In re Albany Bridge Case, 69 U.S. (2 Wall) 403, 17 L. Ed. Nor do we believe that the common law right to refuse treatmentfounded in personal autonomyis exercisable by a third party absent formalities. We cannot shift our burden to the legislature. Cruzan by Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408 (Mo. On the one hand, Quinlan based its decision on Karen Quinlan's constitutional right to privacy. The Missouri Living Will Act is a fraud on Missourians who believe we have been given a right to execute a living will, and to die naturally, respectably, and in peace. It was noted she did not require much sedation or anesthetic. This result can be obtained only if the state's interest in the preservation of life is substantially discounted. 2, No. Apparently Nancy's car ran off the road and overturned several times. Likewise unimpressive is the suggestion that the conclusions of the trial court, and of the overwhelming majority of courts which have considered the problem, open the door to wholesale euthanasia of persons considered to be defective, but not in a condition approaching Nancy's. To decide otherwise that medical treatment once undertaken must be continued irrespective of its lack of success or benefit to the patient in effect gives one's body to medical science without their consent. The trial court held that to the extent that Sections 459.010(3) and 459.055, RSMo 1986, set forth a public policy of the General Assembly prohibiting the withholding and withdrawal of nutrition and hydration under all circumstances, such statutes violate Nancy Cruzan's right to liberty, due process of law and equal protection under the state and federal constitutions. The mandate of this Court for its review of this case is that the judgment of the trial court "will be sustained ... unless there is no substantial evidence to support it, unless it is against the weight of the evidence, unless it erroneously declares the law, or unless it erroneously applies the law." Yet no matter how the question is posed, the judgment for review under Murphy is supported by the law and the facts and should be upheld. As we have said, a focus on prognosis as a basis for permitting the right-to-refuse treatment choice is problematic. Paul Brophy suffered a ruptured aneurysm and due to oxygen deprivation to the brain, entered a persistent vegetative state. at 955. Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408, 411-412 (Mo. [3] See, e.g., In re Guardianship of Grant, 109 Wash. 2d 545, 747 P.2d 445, 456 (banc 1987); In re Drabick, 200 Cal. And we must remember that we decide this case not only for Nancy, but for many, many others who may not be surrounded by the loving family with which she is blessed. [3], In summation, respondents' counsel observed: "The family came to the trial court after long and careful deliberation. Assuming, arguendo, the guardian possesses such power, it must be derivative of the rights which the incompetent maintains as a person. V, § 3. As we previously stated, however, the state's interest is not in quality of life. I agree with those courts which hold that relatives may ordinarily make important decisions of this kind without going to court, unless there is a challenge. en banc. The tube is either inserted into the. At no time has her electroencephalogram registered isoelectric or flat. Following an automobile accident and during surgery to remove the child killed in her womb in the accident, she lost oxygen flow to her brain. Cite CRUZAN, BY HER PARENTS AND CO-GUARDIANS, CRUZAN ET UX. Div.1986), In the Matter of Farrell, 108 N.J. 335, 529 A.2d 404 (1987), In the Matter of Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, 529 A.2d 434 (1987), In the Matter of Peter, 108 N.J. 365, 529 A.2d 419 (1987); NEW YORK: In the Matter of Eichner, 102 Misc.2d 184, 423 N.Y.S.2d 580 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1979), In the Matter of Storar, 52 N.Y.2d 363, 420 N.E.2d 64, 438 N.Y.S.2d 266 (1981), In the Matter of Lydia E. Hall Hospital v. Cinque, 116 Misc.2d 477, 455 N.Y.S.2d 706 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1982), A.B. *410 William L. Webster, Atty. [14] As will be seen, however, even if we recognize such a broadly sweeping right of privacy, a decision by Nancy's co-guardians to withdraw food and water under these circumstances cannot be sustained. Jane Adams Nangle, St. Louis, Fenella Rouse, M. Rose Gasner, Elena N. Cohen, Richard Wasserman, New York City, for amicus curiae Soc. This change of focus by the medical community led courts away from constitutional foundations for decisions in this area. Cruzan ex rel. 697, 434 N.E.2d 601 (1982), In the matter of Hier, 18 Mass.App.Ct. Koop and Grant, "The `Small Beginnings' of Euthanasia: Examining the Erosion in Legal Prohibitions Against Mercy-Killing," 2 Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 585, 616 (1986). As the discussion which follows shows, some courts find quality of life a convenient focus when justifying the termination of treatment. First, the evidence is clear and convincing that Nancy will never interact meaningfully with her environment again. We intend no judgment here as to whether the common law right to refuse medical treatment is broader than the Living Will statute. The Supreme Court held "that when an individual has clearly and convincingly in advance of treatment expressed his decision not to be maintained by life-sustaining procedures in a persistent vegetative state, health care professionals must respect that decision." Atty. None of the parties argue that Missouri's Living Will statute applies in this case. In the Jobes opinion, the court briefly restated its rationale by tracing the relevant case law: The court only then turned to the problem of a patient whose wishes are not clear, and restated the "substituted judgment" doctrine as developed in In re Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976). Id. She could not be fed orally, being unable to swallow a significant amount of food or water. Over a substantial period of time, valiant efforts to rehabilitate Nancy took place, without success. The judgment of the circuit court is reversed. I. She was unconscious. Instead those decisions assumed, without benefit of legal *426 precedent, that the guardian's power to decide is derivative of the incompetent's right to decide, if competent. [7] When asked if he wanted Karen's nasogastric feeding tube removed, Mr. Quinlan replied, "Oh no, that is her nourishment." 3d 961, 229 Cal. Med., 955, 957 (1984). The patient was incompetent, and had never expressed her view on whether she would want to be kept alive under her circumstances. HHS But this is not a case in which we are asked to let someone die. 2d 1015 (La.1982); MAINE: In re Joseph v. Gardner, 534 A.2d 947 (Me.1987); MASSACHUSETTS: Superintendent of Belchertown State School v. Saikewicz, 373 Mass. In cases like Nancy's "if you decided in terms of what the patient wanted or in terms of what the family wanted or the relationship between the two, to discontinue artificial feeding through the gastrostomy tube and then attempt to feed her through a syringe or spoon feeding would make no sense whatsoever in terms of the overall moral standard of decision making.". at 411. Rptr. There is another compelling reason to leave changes in policy in this area to the legislature. The invasion took place when the gastrostomy tube was inserted with consent at a time when hope remained for recovery. 438 N.Y.S. Legislative inaction cannot serve to close the doors of the courtrooms of this state to its citizens who assert cognizable constitutional rights." 417, 497 N.E.2d 626 (1986); MINNESOTA: In the matter of Torres, 357 N.W.2d 332 (Minn.1986); NEW JERSEY: In the matter of Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976), In the Matter of Conroy, 98 N.J. 321, 486 A.2d 1209 (1985), Iafelice v. Luchs, 206 N.J.Super. Mill, On Liberty, in 43 Great Books of the Western World 271 (R. Hutchins ed. Murphy; Rule 73.01. Nor is she terminally ill. In striking a balance between Karen's right of privacy and the state's interest in life, the court said: 355 A.2d at 664. banc 1988), aff’d sub nom. Cruzan v. Harmon and the Dangerous Claim that Others Can Exercise an Incapacitated Patient's Right to Die. of Health, 497 U.S. 261 (1990)] The case eventually ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, 84-year-old Claire Conroy's guardian sought to remove a nasogastric feeding tube by which she received her nutrition. To the contrary, § 475.123.1, provides, "No medical or surgical procedure shall be performed on any ward unless consent is obtained from the guardian of his person...." RSMo 475.123.1 (1986). Without exception, the cases cited in the majority's footnote 4 uphold a right to refuse life sustaining medical treatment, either personally or through a guardian. (1)(b); Wyo.Stat. It is all the more inadequate to support a refusal that will result in certain death." "Upon arrival at Freeman Hospital Emergency Room she was still unconscious, now requiring manual respiratory assistance, unresponsive to painful stimuli and wearing mass trousers. Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408, 411 (Mo. A court would not allow a parent to deny a child all treatment for a condition which threatens his life; a parent's refusal to allow blood transfusions in the face of an infant bleeding to death presents a "classic" example of the court's power to order treatment in the face of parental refusal. This case is not before us to establish groundwork for future right-to-life litigation. She had apparently expired. 484 (1983), Dority v. Super. Gen., Robert Northcutt, Gen. [2] Section 459.015.1; Section 459.010(3); Section 459.055(1)-(5). "To the extent that [quality of life even if treatment can bring about remission] equates the value of life with any measure of the quality of life, we firmly reject it." Rule 73.01(c)(2). 14 (1976). 6 Id at 408. 355 A.2d at 663, citing Roe v. Wade. Her normal weight of 115 pounds has now risen to about 140 pounds. Likewise, statements attributable to Nancy in this case are similarly unreliable for the purpose of determining her intent. Medical experts diagnosed her as terminally ill and in a persistent vegetative state. Yet, several years ago, a respected judge needed extraordinary treatment which the hospital in which he was a patient was not willing to furnish without a huge advance deposit, and the state apparently had no desire to help out. Logical end, this standard ultimately makes prognosis irrelevant minutes with the right to extended! All the support necessary for the purpose of determining her intent. affirm that judgment aff 'd sub.... Finally held a majority 319, 50 L. 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