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More States Considering Simon’s Law – Prohibiting Clinicians from Stopping Life-Sustaining Treatment without Parental Consent

Following the consideration of a nearly identical bill in Missouri, Kansas is now considering S.B. 437, Simon’s Law.  This requires disclosure of futility policies.  And it prohibits withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from  minors without parental consent.

“Upon the request of a patient or resident or a prospective patient or resident, a health care facility, nursing home or physician shall disclose in writing any policies relating to a patient or resident or the services a patient or resident may receive involving life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment within the health care facility or agency.”

“No health care facility, nursing home, physician, nurse or medical staff shall withhold life-sustaining procedures, food, medication or nutrition, nor place any restrictions on life-sustaining  procedures including, but not limited to, food, medication or nutrition for any patient, resident or ward under 18 years of age without the written permission of at least one parent or legal guardian of the patient or ward.”

“No do-not-resuscitate order or similar physician’s order shall be instituted either orally or in writing without the written permission of at least one parent or legal guardian of the patient or resident under 18 years of age.”

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