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Legal Limbo for Living Wills

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Legal Limbo for Living Wills

Legal Limbo for Living Wills

Legal Limbo for Living Wills

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NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that the court fight over a Florida woman's right to die has prompted much interest in living wills. The legally binding documents tell doctors what kind of care you want — or don't want — if you're incapacitated. Sometimes they work as intended — but as many doctors, lawyers and medical ethicists point out, even a living will is not an end in itself.