Advance Directives

The Story Behind Simon’s Law and Parental Rights Over DNRs

By Sheryl Crosier On September 7, 2010, God blessed us with a precious son, Simon. Even with a bilateral cleft lip and weighing only 4 pounds, 3 ounces, he was truly our gift from God. On Simon's third day of life, he was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, also known as ...
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Doctors Face Scrutiny About Defining “Brain Death”

This article was originally posted on the author's blog ( and is reprinted with her permission. Nancy Valko has been a registered nurse for 47 years and is a spokesperson for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses (Read More


The following is an excerpt from Life, Life Support, and Death: Principles, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Making Decisions to Protect and Preserve Life, a booklet written by 10 pro-life physicians and published by American Life League. Resuscitation-Life Support When it is directed by a patient or the patient's proxy ...
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Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp’s Astonishing Recovery

A 45-year-old Arizona woman, Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp, was in a coma for 12 days after her son found her unconscious at her home. The medical team, believing there was nothing more they could do for her, suggested to her family that Lyndee be removed from life support in order to carry ...
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Texas Legislature Reaffirms Patient’s Rights with Passage of DNR Law

By John Seago On August 16th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11 into law, reestablishing the rights of patients regarding the execution and revocation of Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders. This bill was passed in both chambers of the Texas State Legislature with ...
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Background on Advance Directives

Alternatives for Life-Affirming Advance Directives Background on Advance Directives Based on the passage of the Patient Self-Determination Act in the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, the advance directive has been established by law. As of December 1, 1991, every adult patient entering any health care facility ...
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Pushing POLST Beyond Voluntary

Jim is 79 years old and resides in a county nursing home in Pennsylvania. He has needed a wheelchair for over two decades due to advanced MS, with a history of severe decubitus ulcers, recurrent respiratory infections and severe urinary tract infections (UTI). A stalwart pro-lifer and deeply committed Catholic, ...
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POLST: What is it and why does the PHA oppose it?

POLST: What is it and why does the PHA oppose it? The POLST (Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form is a standard document that, when signed by a designated healthcare professional, dictates whether to withhold or administer certain treatments and/or care, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), antibiotics, nutrition and ...
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Statement of Opposition to POLST

The POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form, a document that is already being widely used in state healthcare systems throughout the USA, can encourage premature withdrawal of life sustaining treatment and care. POLST is known by different acronyms in various states (POLST, MOST, MOLST, POST—some states have their ...
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