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Dying Man Sues to Freeze Body


Associated Press (09/01/88)

An unidentified man with AIDS and the Alcor Life Extension Foundation Inc. of Riverside, Calif., have sued the state to allow the man to have his body frozen after death. The firm practices cryonic suspension--freezing bodies after death in the hope that they might one day be revived and cured of their illness. The state Health Services Department granted permission for similar requests before it changed its policy in June. According to the lawsuit, the man has a constitutional right to control the disposition of his body. A spokesman for the department said there was no provision in the law for the issuance of a permit for cryonic suspension.


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