TX pro-lifers: Lives on the line before 2021 session

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

hospital heart monitor surgeryA pro-life organization that is fighting for a hospitalized child is calling on Texas lawmakers to call a special session over hospital rules.

Texas law allows a 10-day rule in which hospitals, for whatever reason, can notify families they have that deadline to find another facility to treat a family member or they will pull the plug.

Kimberlyn Schwartz of Texas Right to Life says a current example is 9-month-old Tinslee Lewis, who was taken to Cook Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth with congestive heart failure.

The child’s enlarged heart was pressing on her lungs, forcing her on a ventilator, and Schwartz claims a hospital letter given to the family admits that she could live longer than 10 days.

Texas flagAccording to the TRL website, a judge’s ruling has provided a temporary restraining order that will allow more time for attorneys to work with the hospital before a Nov. 22 court hearing.  

Schwartz says the 10-day law forces Texans to “race against the clock” to save their loved ones.

“That is wrong,” she says. “Hospital committees do not have the moral authority to decide who gets to live or die, and that's exactly what the 10-day rule gives them. It gives them that power.”

Texas Right to Life contends the baby's case is yet another reason why they are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the legislature to deal with it.

The state legislature, which convenes every two years, is set to meet again in 2021.

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