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(The hypocrisy of) The Culture of (partisan political) Life

March 21, 2005

Yahoo! News – [OFL] Signs Bill That May Let Schiavo Live

[OFL] signed the bill almost immediately after its passage early Monday, vowing in a statement to “stand on the side of those defending life for all Americans, including those with disabilities.”

“In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life,” he said.

HoustonChronicle.com – Baby dies after hospital removes breathing tube

Texas law allows hospitals to discontinue life-sustaining care, even if a patient’s family members disagree.

Texas law says:

HEALTH & SAFETY CODE – CHAPTER 166. ADVANCE DIRECTIVES – SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS – § 166.046 (e) If the patient or the person responsible for the health care decisions of the patient is requesting life-sustaining treatment that the attending physician has decided and the review process has affirmed is inappropriate treatment, the patient shall be given available life-sustaining treatment pending transfer under Subsection (d). The patient is responsible for any costs incurred in transferring the patient to another facility. The physician and the health care facility are not obligated to provide life-sustaining treatment after the 10th day after the written decision required under Subsection (b) is provided to the patient or the person responsible for the health care decisions of the patient unless ordered to do so under Subsection (g) [Emphasis added.]

The law was enacted September 1, 1999. That’s when Mr. “Presumption in Favor of Life” was the Guv’nor.

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