May 25, 2007
Futile Care Law DiesTopics: Futile Care Laws
The bill that would modified the Texas Care Law has itself been declared futile:
A proposal to extend the time for medically futile patients before a hospital can cut off their life support has died in the Texas House, a victim of legislative deadlines and backroom disputes.Why you ask? Wesley Smith suggests an astonishing answer:
The "good" bill, which would have required hospitals to maintain treatment pending a transfer to another hospital would have breezed to passage, and in the process given a body blow to Futile Care Theory. Then, inexplicably, the Catholic Bishops (I believe at the behest of the organization representing Catholic hospitals) opposed the bill and threw its considerable heft behind a bill extending the 10-day cut off to 21-days.Note that Texas is one of the few states with a timetable allowing hospitals to decide when to end life support. Under existing law, the family is guaranteed only two days before the hospital ethics committee meeting then 10 days before the termination of treatment -- a total of 12 days, unless a court intervenes.
Posted by tim at May 25, 2007 10:26 AM
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