HB 3074 is a misguided attempt at a small reform to the Texas Advance Directives Law. HB 3074 only appears to prohibit the withdrawal of food and hydration from patients, but the bill offers 5 exceptions under which hospital ethics committees can actually withdraw food and water—even if the patient and his family are requesting this life-sustaining care. The exceptions are so broadly written and subjective that hospital committees can withdraw food and water, called “artificially administered nutrition and hydration” or “AANH” in HB 3074, as they find appropriate.
The Texas Advance Directives Law needs reforms and patient protections. HB 3074 offers neither and only strengthens current law that authorizes hospital ethics committees to impose quality of life value judgments on patients. Representative Springer has been made aware of Texas Right to Life’s concerns and is looking into how to address these important issues with more precise language.
As written, this legislation IS NOT a Pro-Life bill! For more information, click here.
The Texas House Committee on State Affairs needs to hear from YOU!
Join Texas Right to Life in opposing this loophole-ridden legislation by calling or emailing the offices of the committee members. Respectfully ask them to close the vote against HB 3074 or close these quality of life exceptions.
Call or email your state representative and ask him or her to ask colleagues on the State Affairs Committee to oppose HB 3074.
Or call and email the members of the Committee on State Affairs directly:
Chairman Byron Cook, Byron.Cook@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0730
Rep. Helen Giddings, Helen.Giddings@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0953
Rep. Tom Craddick, Tom.Craddick@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0500
Rep. Marsha Farney, Marsha.Farney@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0309
Rep. Jessica Farrar, Jessica.Farrar@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0620
Rep. Charlie Geren, Charlie.Geren@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0610
Rep. Patricia Harless, Patricia.Harless@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0496
Rep. Dan Huberty, Dan.Huberty@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0520
Rep. John Kuempel, John.Kuempel@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0602
Rep. René Oliveira, Rene.Oliveira@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0640
Rep. John T. Smithee, John.Smithee@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0702
Rep. Sylvester Turner, Sylvester.Turner@house.state.tx.us, (512) 463-0554
Please invite your Pro-Life friends to this event and ask them to join our efforts to fix this bill.