End the Texas Death Panels
Texas Right to Life supports House Bill 3520 to restore the rights of patients and their families to make their own health care decisions.
On Tuesday, April 12th, the Human Services Committee of the State House will hear House Bill 3520, a bill to restore the rights of patients. House Bill 3520 would stop the operational death panels currently sanctioned by Texas law!
Texas law (Chapter 166.046 of the Health and Safety Code) allows a physician to override and ignore a patient’s advance directive or expressed wishes. A doctor or hospital can withdraw life-sustaining treatment (including food and water) from a patient after giving ten day’s notice. Once the physician’s decision is made and then approved by the ethics committee (aka the death panel) at the hospital, the patient and his family are thrust into a frenzy of legal skirmishes, quibbling with the facility over medical records, and blindly searching for new health care facilities that will treat their ailing loved one—all to beat the ten-day clock!
Texas Right to Life supports House Bill 3520 to restore the rights of patients and their families to make their own health care decisions; House Bill 3520 would also require sufficient time to transfer the patient. Eleven other states have enacted laws similar to that of House Bill 3520 by requiring the patient to be transferred to a more appropriate care setting—and not become a victim of involuntary euthanasia.
House Bill 3520 would:
Please email all the members of the House Human Services Committee today to respectfully request support of House Bill 3520. In a few weeks, you will be asked to call your State Representative on this issue, but today, please email the committee members and provide your name and address so that the committee members know that a diverse segment of Texans want to stop involuntary euthanasia!
Yours for Life,
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Send a message to the Human Services Committee members today in support of HB 3520 that stops involuntary euthanasia!
Chairman Richard Raymond
Vice Chairwoman Geanie Morrison
Representative Naomi Gonzalez
Representative Chuck Hopson
Representative Bryan Hughes
Representative Hughes is the sponsor of House Bill 3520
Representative Todd Hunter
Representative Jodie Laubenberg
Representative Laubenberg is a co-author of HB 3520
Representative Elliott Naishtat
Representative Van Taylor
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