A man's medical fight in Texas demonstrates how hospital patients are in jeopardy of being forced to die.
The patient is Chris Dunn, who is in Houston Methodist Hospital, where hospital officials want to terminate his life by removing his breathing tube.
Tom Shakely of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network says Dunn has a mass on his pancreas but the hospital won't do a biopsy to determine if it's cancerous.
Dunn's situation looks "bleak," says Shakely, because Texas laws allows for a "liberal approach" that allows the hospital to enjoy a "relationship" with a hospital patient that the person's family cannot.
The law is known as the Texas Advance Directives Act, LifeNews explained.
Dunn's mother wants to make her son's medical decisions but according to that Texas law, the hospital can override it and simply inform the family they will terminate in 10 days unless the patient is moved to another hospital.
Shakely says the cost of care is the determining factor in this case rather than respect for life. He predicts that is where the nation is headed, where death is viewed as a medical treatment by the medical industry and by government.
"And so we firmly reject the idea that death is ever something that should be hastened or welcomed," Shakely says, speaking for the Life and Hope Network.
Laws need to be changed and strengthened to protect patients' rights, he says, but the nation must be urged to value human life, too.
LifeNews explained Dunn's situation, and the Texas law that favors the hospital, in a story that can be read here.
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