Medical Futility

Who will be encouraged to consider assisted suicide?

By Dr. Virginia Stark-Vance MD Physicians are under increasing pressure to not offer patients care. Sometimes this pressure comes from ...
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Questions And Answers Regarding Assisted Nutrition And Hydration

By Chris Kahlenborn, MD The specific question of whether to place a stomach tube in a patient who has had ...
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Premature Brain Death Diagnosis

Below are recent articles covering cases of premature declaration of "brain death" that force relatives to face serious challenges in ...
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Brain Death Run Amok

Here is another dangerous medical futility trend that originates in California. First there was Jahi McMath, who is still ...
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Case In Point: Treating Patients with Serious Health Issues

Below are some examples of real life experiences of patients facing serious health issues. Whether these health issues develop gradually ...
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When Going To Die Becomes Supposed To Die

By Jennifer Warner Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is often touted as essential for patient autonomy. However, apart from the immorality of ...
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Life Is Always Worth Living

By Adam Crouch I was deeply saddened to hear that Brittany Maynard decided to accept the laws in Oregon, USA ...
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Texas, a State Where Patients’ Wishes Don’t Matter

Texas, a State Where Patients' Wishes Don't Matter by Texas Right to Life Two days before Christmas, forty-six-year-old Chris Dunn ...
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Impacts of “Futile Care Theory” in Texas

The Texas Advance Directives Law was amended in 1999 to allow physicians to refuse to provide life-sustaining treatment (including nutrition ...
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Witness to Hastened Death

My name is Daniela. I am 46 years old and live in Oregon. I believe my grandmother was killed in ...
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Futile-Care Theory in Practice

Futile-Care Theory in Practice A Look at the Law in Texas by Ralph A. Capone, MD, and Julie Grimstad Abstract ...
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Peter’s Story

When I was 19 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound of my baby revealed markers for a condition called trisomy 18. We ...
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Confusing Language Masks Deadly Agenda

Does medical decision making confuse or intimidate you? If so, you are not alone. This is partly so because, for ...
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Futility Policies and the Duty to Die

When I first saw "Jack" last September, he was lying unconscious in an ICU with a ventilator to help him ...
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Katie’s Story

Author's note: The following was published in the November, 2001 issue of the New York State Nurses for Life's newsletter. ...
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