Senate Bill 303: Anti-Parental Rights Health Care and Treatment Decisions

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Last Updated: May 13, 2013
Senate Bill 303: Anti-Parental Rights Health Care and Treatment Decisions
Sponsors:
Senators Deuell and Lucio
Summary:

Senate Bill 303 changes the requirements for “Do-Not-Resuscitate” orders in Texas to allow a doctor to forbid medical personnel from conducting CPR, even overriding the wishes of the patient or the patient’s guardian.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

This bill could lead to serious violations of parents’ rights to protect their seriously ill children, since a doctor can issue a do-not-resuscitate order even over the parent’s objection. Click here for an analysis of the bill’s problems by the National Right to Life Committee.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

01/31/2013     Senate     Introduced.
02/05/2013     Senate     Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services.
03/06/2013     Senate     Co-author Lucio added.
03/19/2013     Senate     Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee; Left pending in committee.
04/10/2013     Senate     Considered in public hearing.
04/15/2013     Senate     Reported favorably as amended.
04/18/2013     Senate     Amended; Passed the Senate.
04/19/2013     House     Received from the Senate.
04/22/2013     House     Referred to Committee on Public Health.
05/13/2013     House     Considered in public hearing; Committee substitute considered; Testimony taken / Registrations recorded; Left pending in Committee.
Bill died in Committee.

 Other Resources

Bill Text

Bill History

Committee Report on 4/15/2013

Introduced version