Futile Care Laws Archives

May 25, 2007

Futile Care Law Dies

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... [more]

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May 20, 2007

Emilio has passed away

News reports bring us the sad news that baby Emilio Gonzales passed away Saturday night. May his mother find comfort in this time of grief, satisfied with their bold stand for Emilio's life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his... [more]

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May 11, 2007

Futile Care Theory

What if hospitals could put a sign over their doors stating, "We reserve the right to refuse life-sustaining care?" People would be outraged. Yet that is precisely what Texas law explicitly grants to hospitals -- namely, to say no to... [more]

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Update on Emilio

From KXAN: A brief filed by the court-appointed guardian ad litem is siding with the hospital. That guardian ad litem was assigned by the court last month to investigate both sides in this debate. On one side is the mother... [more]

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April 6, 2007

Texas Futile Care Case Continues

A federal judge rejected a request by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) for a temporary restraining order that would allow 16-month-old Emilio Gonzales of Texas to continue to receive life-saving treatment: Doctors believe Gonzales has Leigh's disease, which causes degeneration... [more]

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March 20, 2007

Texas mom fights to save her young child's life

Hospital "ethics" committee votes that toddler does not deserve treatment, boy may die by Friday AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas mother is urgently battling to save her child's life after officials at the Children's Hospital of Austin deemed the toddler's... [more]

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September 18, 2006

Who gets to make decision on end of life?

The Chicago Tribune published a report on the Texas futile care law:"If it had been up to her doctors, the Houston hospital where she was treated and the laws of the state of Texas, Kalilah Roberson-Reese would be dead by... [more]

Posted by Mary at 8:06 AM

September 6, 2006

Nebraska Voters Decide on Humane Care This November

From Focus on the Family The horrific circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo's death exposed a problem in the law. When she succumbed to starvation and dehydration after 13 days, pro-lifers vowed to never let it happen again. Now Nebraskans will vote... [more]

Posted by Mary at 7:24 AM

September 3, 2006

Pro life attorney Jerri Lynn Ward wrote a response to a "Dr. Linda" regarding her letter to World Net Daily in which she wrote, "Terri Schiavo had the cognition of a bag of lettuce." Ms. Ward wrote: I read the... [more]

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July 2, 2006

Another Futile Care Case in Texas

After a hospital's ethics board ruled that it would be futile to keep an eleventh-month-old on life support, another facility is expected to take the boy. Daniel Cullen the Second will be transferred to Truman W-Smith Children's Care Center, a... [more]

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June 5, 2006

The Economics of Life

The pro-life movement is celebrating victories that after over 30 years of Roe v Wade, the scourge of abortion, at least public support for it, has waned and is now the minority position. South Dakota passed an outright abortion ban... [more]

Posted by john at 12:48 AM

May 24, 2006

Starving the Uninsured in Texas

Unfortunately, Texas hospitals continue to exploit futile care laws to forcibly remove care from their patients. Yesterday, we received the following alarming email from Texas Right to Life's Elizabeth Graham:We have two new cases this week: one is a pediatric... [more]

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A Disaster Waiting to Happen

New Hampshire's legislature is considering a bill to address end-of-life care that includes language that may give hospital ethics committees the legal right to withdraw care from a patient. Pamela Hennessy comments:Hospital ethics committees are not groups of doctors who... [more]

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May 15, 2006

Yenlang Vo - A Letter from Andrea Clark's Sister

Yenlang Vo is a hospital patient who, like Andrea Clark (more here), has been designated by her doctors for passive euthanasia under Texas' futile care statute. While a patient of St. David's North Austin Medical Center in Austin, her condition... [more]

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