A bill aimed to reform end-of-life care in Texas is likely to die in the state House. Although the bill made it through the Texas Senate, Representative Lois Kolkhorst, a Brenham Republican, told the Austin American-Statesman that it won't get a vote due to splits among House Republicans.
Currently if doctors believe continuing treatment would needlessly extend suffering, they can ask an ethics committee -- usually consisting of other doctors, social workers and clergy -- to stop life-sustaining treatment. If the patient or family wants to continue treatment, they have 10 days to appeal the decision and find another provider.
The most contentious parts of the bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville, aims to revise this process, providing families with 21 days to find alternate care instead of 10 as well as giving them more days to prepare for the ethics panel.
As we reported in April, Texas pro-life groups have been bitterly split over the bill from the beginning. Its demise comes just as Duell and Texas Right to Life director Elizabeth Graham have been going at each other's throat's, Texas Tribune .
Deuell compared the pro-life group to "the woman that went to Solomon and wanted the baby to be cut in two," and took issue with Graham's claims in emails that the bill would "strengthen Texas' death panels."