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April 26, 2006

Houston Hospital Votes To End Woman's Life With Bush Law

Topics: Euthanasia

HOUSTON - The countdown has begun on the life of Andrea Clark, a patient at St. Luke's Hospital. Six days left.

No, she's not terminal, her family says and she's not brain dead. Her sisters say that she wants to live. The Houston hospital is going to unilaterally remove a woman from life support, apparently based on the decision of a lone physician even though her family wants her to continue to receive care.

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Posted by tim at April 26, 2006 3:32 AM

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The Lie heard round the blogosphere:

Mean old Bush signed the Texas Futile Care Law and he is to blame for all the death and misery in Texas.

I have done some digging and it turns out that the Lefty spin appears to be a LIE BY OMISSION. Bush had previously vetoed a version of the bill, PUSHED BY THE LEGISLATURE and signed a second, compromise version of the bill only after additional patient safeguards had been added. As bad as the law is, sometimes governors are forced to face political realities and sign things they would rather not. This seems to be the case here.

The right-to-die advocates (and their lawyers) outnumbered the disability and right to life advocates (read conservative Christians) and the latter were forced into a compromise with the other side in order to get some relief for patients in the form of additional time to find another facility. Had no agreement been reached, hospitals could have continued to pull the plug within 72 hours.

Bush signed the law only because it provided a greater chance to save such patients than did the existing law. He vetoed a similar bill regarding withholding life-sustaining measures in 1997, precisely because the bill did not provide sufficient time for patientst to find a different facility.

So next time you want to thank someone for Texas Futile Care - thank a Democrat.

Posted by: Jeff Blogworthy at April 27, 2006 12:22 AM