A Houston case is being cited to demonstrate how a Texas law allows hospitals to violate the rights of patients.
Houston Methodist Hospital wants to withdraw treatment and end a patient's life, but his medical power of attorney and family members are fighting against that action. Texas Right to Life intervened and won a reprieve for the unconscious man.
John Seago, legislative director for Texas Right to Life, tells OneNewsNow the hospital is relying on the Texas Advanced Directives Act.
"Whenever a hospital wants to withdraw a certain treatment that the patient and the family want, this Texas law gives the hospital a process to step through to get permission from the ethics committee and then to give it a ten-day countdown to the family," Seago explains.
So if the family is unable to transfer their loved one to another facility in that timeframe, the hospital can pull the plug in spite of what the patient or family wishes.
"The law allows it to be open to abuse, and that's what I'm afraid we're seeing in Houston, is this hospital is actually failing to do their job, failing to diagnose a medical condition and instead has decided to use this process to override the decisions that the family and the patient have been making," the pro-lifer laments.
Texas Right to life feels that is morally wrong and unconstitutional, and Seago assures state lawmakers they can bet his organization will return next session to push for a law that will protect vulnerable patients and fit within the boundaries of the state Constitution.