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New Legislation Seeks to Prohibit Clinicians from Stopping Life-sustaining Treatment without Consent

In a series of articles, I have described jurisdictions like Idaho, Oklahoma, and Ontario as “red light” states, because they prohibit clinicians from removing life-sustaining medical treatment without surrogate consent.

Now spreading across the country is legislation that would enact “partial” red light laws.  These “Simon’s Laws” would prohibit clinicians from stopping a minor’s life-sustaining medical treatment without written consent from that patient’s parent or guardian.

Bills were already being heard in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.  Yesterday, a nearly identical bill was introduced in West Virginia.

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