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April 13, 2006

Jeb Bush Gives Up ...

Topics: Politics

Food and water remain medical treatments in FL:

Unable to reopen the legislative debate over Terri Schiavo, Gov. Jeb Bush is giving up on his effort to change Florida law to allow patients to reject or withdraw a feeding tube only if they put that wish in writing.

The governor had directed his staff to develop a policy that would draw a distinction between the use of a medically implanted feeding tube and other life-prolonging medical interventions, such as respirators.

Under current law, there is no distinction; both kinds of interventions can be withdrawn or rejected by patients, or their surrogates, under specific circumstances and based on the patient's oral or written wishes.

Posted by tim at April 13, 2006 10:30 AM

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