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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-05 02:56 PM
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34. FYI - I dug this up from a 2001 post from a Right to Life site
The California policies are by no means the first attempts to deny life-sustaining measures to patients and families who request and would benefit from them. After a 1996 medical journal article revealed that Houston-area hospitals were implementing policies allowing for the refusal of lifesaving treatment in spite of the patients' or families' wishes, then- Governor George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have had the effect of ensuring legal protection for such policies.

As a result of his strong stand on the 1997 bill, Texas Right to Life was invited by a number of Texas medical groups to participate in a series of negotiations beginning in 1998 to develop a new version of the legislation, negotiations in which now-President Bush's staff played an important role. These negotiations resulted in a Texas law Bush signed in 1999.

This measure required that a health care facility must provide lifesaving treatment until a realistic opportunity has been afforded for transferring the patient to another physician or health care facility willing to comply with the choice for life. Furthermore, laws and policies that deny medically effective treatment desired by the patient or family on the basis of a health care facility's negative view of the patient's "quality of life" discriminate against people with disabilities and therefore violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal law.
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