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Right to life vs. 'futile-care law'

Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 25, 2006 This discussion of the state's "futile-care law" originally ran in the Chicago Tribune and has appeared broadly in the national news. The futile-care law allows a hospital to discontinue treatment of a patient who has no hope of recovery after giving the patient's family ten days to find an alternate care facility. UTMB's Dr. William Winslade discusses the medical ethical implications of the law, saying: "There are situations where it's no longer medically appropriate to continue procedures that have no therapeutic benefits other than to prolong organic life." He admits the statute could be better. "We don't need a law that appears to be railroading the families."

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