Lawmakers Debate Whether Pregnant Women Should Get to Make Their Own End-of-Life Decisions

April 17, 2015

(Texas Observer) – The House State Affairs Committee heard a bill Wednesday that would allow pregnant women and their families to make their own end-of-life decisions.  Currently, under Texas’ advance directive law, doctors “may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment … from a pregnant patient,” a little-known clause that drew national attention when a pregnant woman in Fort Worth was declared brain dead in 2013.