Legal Limbo for Living Wills

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

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.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from