Ending the end-of-life impasse: Texas is poised to ban doctor-imposed death by starvation | Opinion | LifeSite

Many would be surprised to learn that Texas law allows physicians to forcibly remove a feeding tube against the will of the patient and their family. In fact, there is a greater legal penalty for failing to feed or water an animal than for a hospital to deny a human being food and water through a tube.

This is because there is no penalty whatsoever for a healthcare provider who wishes to deny artificially-administered nutrition and hydration (AANH). According to Texas Health and Safety Code, “every living dumb creature” is legally entitled access to suitable food and water.

via Ending the end-of-life impasse: Texas is poised to ban doctor-imposed death by starvation | Opinion | LifeSite.

Denying treatment, I can see– there is such a thing as unhelpful help.

Food and water aren’t “treatment.”

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  1. For anybody wondering, part of why this is a red-hot button issue for me is that my nephew was put on “artificially administered food and hydration” because he was a few weeks premature, and they didn’t have enough nurses to stick with the bottle-feeding schedule. It only came up because he was put back on it three different times when the night nurse was being lazy. Also, a relative-in-law was put on a feeding tube because he has trouble swallowing normally and had a bad fall that broke his hip and did some damage to his dominant arm, so he couldn’t feed himself. It’s done a lot to get him back into better shape, because before he was losing weight. (Both the stuff he could afford to use, and then the stuff he really didn’t have to lose.)

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