December 21, 1992
THE names are familiar -- Quinlan, Brophy, Lawrance, Delio, Busalacchi, Rosebush, Cole, Wanglie, Mack, Amerman. These are the names of those Americans who pioneered a strange frontier, the boundaries of the right to die.I have been invoking these names for many years in classrooms, lecture halls and articles as a kind of abstract shorthand -- easy references to the key legal landmarks governing the right to say "No more" to medical technology. Those days are over.The University of Minnesota Center for Biomedical Ethics recently organized a conference to examine issues around the right to die. In addition to the usual experts, some of the families who had lived through the legal battles, the protests and the media hounding were invited to speak.