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FRONTLINE; Death of Nancy Cruzan, The

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Series
FRONTLINE
Program
Death of Nancy Cruzan, The
Program Number

1014

Series Description

FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

Program Description

In the early morning hours of December 26, 1990, 33-year-old Nancy Cruzan died in a Missouri hospital, surrounded by her family who had fought for the right to disconnect the feeding tube that kept Nancy alive. Outside, in the snow and cold, right-to-life protesters prayed for Nancy and claimed that her family was committing murder. To permit the removal of Nancy's life support, the Cruzans waged a three-and-a-half year legal battle that became the first right-to-die case heard by the supreme court. The program chronicles the family's final days with Nancy as they accept the reality of letting their daughter go.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Citation
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Death of Nancy Cruzan, The,” GBH Archives, accessed September 21, 2021, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6BA35C46C8DD4AC49E3BB2412F7282C6.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Death of Nancy Cruzan, The.” GBH Archives. Web. September 21, 2021. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6BA35C46C8DD4AC49E3BB2412F7282C6>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Death of Nancy Cruzan, The. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6BA35C46C8DD4AC49E3BB2412F7282C6
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