Texas Futile Care Law

On April 10, 2007, a judge in Austin, Texas granted a family’s request to continue life support of their 17-month old child who is suffering from a progressive illness that does not allow him to breathe on his own. The hospital had ordered that he be taken off life-support pursuant to a Texas futile care law that allows hospitals to end life-sustaining treatment in similar situations as long as they provide ten days’ notice to the family. Do you believe the family should have the right to make the decision of when to end medical treatment? Do you think the futile care law should be overturned? Do you believe hospitals should be allowed to end treatment when their efforts are deemed futile and without medical benefit?