Right-To-Life Groups Split on End-Of-Life Decision

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A battle is brewing at the Texas Legislature among right-to-life groups. But rather than debate when life begins, they are fighting over the rules that govern the end of a terminally-ill patient's life.

The dispute revolves around what should happen when doctors and the family of someone who is dying in a hospital disagree on continuing medical treatment.

Texas Right to Life says patients and their families should make all decisions. The Texas Alliance for Life, Christian Life Commission and the Texas Catholic Conference say doctors should not be forced to provide treatment they think is unethical.

Medical groups want ethics committees to decide, and then give families the chance to find another doctor.

Activists are asking conservative Republicans who control the Legislature to decide which course Texas should take.

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