Monday, March 21, 2005

The Texas Law 

Amy Welborn at OpenBook did a good job of live blogging the Congress last night. I saw some of it live, as well, and especially damaging was Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida who read from past court cases and findings. I think Congresswomen Schultz was also the one, who made a big deal of the Texas law that Bush signed into place making it easier to kill people who have no hope. She stated it was used just a few days ago to end the life of a baby over the objections of the parents. Well I looked it up and
Here's that Case
In short, if the hospital or health workers are ready for someone to die and the family is not, an ethics panel makes the decision. If it goes against the family, the family has ten days to find a hospital that will take on the case, otherwise all treatment of any kind is stopped. The ethics panels don't even have to involve the courts. When President Bush signed the bill as Governor of Texas, it was only for Adult-use. In 2003 is was extended to cover minors, as well.

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