Senate Panel Considers End-of-Life Bills

A panel of state senators on Tuesday considered two bills that would take drastically different approaches to modifying laws regarding end-of-life care in Texas.

Senate Bill 303 would give patients and their surrogates more discretion under the state's existing advance directives law, while preserving physicians’ ability to make a medical judgment to end treatment. Senate Bill 675 would prohibit physicians from discontinuing a patient's life-sustaining care against a family's wishes.

Both bills — which drew emotional testimony — were left pending by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Holly Nelson, who testified against SB 303 and for SB ...

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