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A Texas Senate Bill Would Revise the State’s End-of-Life Procedureposted on April 2, 2013
After years of debate over who should decide when to end a terminally ill patient’s life-sustaining treatment, Texas lawmakers move toward compromise, reports The Texas Tribune‘s Becca Aaronson at The New York Times. “Advocacy groups that identify as ‘pro-life’ say existing law does not go far enough to protect the interests of patients or their families,” Aaronson writes. “But they are divided on how legislators should change it.” A variety of bills aim to “tweak the process,” such as a Senate Bill 303, which would extend the time frame for appeals as well as increase assistance to those appealing the doctor’s decision. “The bill has the support of the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association, two church-affiliated groups and the Texas Alliance for Life,” Aaronson reports.