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Not Dead of Texas Issues Statement on Chris Dunn “Futility” Case

This is a followup to yesterday’s post about Chris Dunn. Not Dead Yet of Texas has issued a released a release regarding the “futility” decision being fought by the family of Chris Dunn. For Immediate Release Not Dead Yet of Texas has for the last 3 legislative sessions supported amending the Futile Care language in … Continue reading Not Dead of Texas Issues Statement on Chris Dunn “Futility” Case

New Futility Case in Texas

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on it, but futile care policies have been an area of concern for NDY and other disability rights groups for many years. Things have been quiet for awhile, which isn’t really good news. We only hear about futile care issues if a family goes public – reaching … Continue reading New Futility Case in Texas

Texas: Supporters of Texas “Futile Care” Law Continue to Maintain the Status Quo, Preventing Change

On Sunday (May 8, 2011), the Austin American-Statesman published an update of sorts on the continuing stalemate over the Texas “futile care statute,” which translates as a “win” for supporters of the status quo. It’s a fascinating article – for many reasons.  But perhaps the most fascinating are the many contradictions contained in the article … Continue reading Texas: Supporters of Texas “Futile Care” Law Continue to Maintain the Status Quo, Preventing Change

Texas: Murder of Disabled Spouse Yields Probation for Wife

Texas has a reputation for doling out pretty harsh treatment when it comes to murder.  Apparently – in Austin, anyway – exceptions will be made if the victim is devalued enough.  Last Friday, Katherine “Kim” Yarbrough received ten years of probation in a plea bargain.  Yarbrough had admitted to killing her husband, Lloyd Yarbrough.  Nevertheless, … Continue reading Texas: Murder of Disabled Spouse Yields Probation for Wife

Patients’ Rights Bill Stalled in Texas – Bill Backed by Disability Advocates, Right to Life and ACLU

This blog has visited the topic of futile care policies more than once. These policies allow hospitals to overrule advanced directives and/or the wishes of family members in removing/refusing life-sustaining treatment to someone unable to express his or her wishes. Of all the states, Texas has given hospitals the most power in these situations. And … Continue reading Patients’ Rights Bill Stalled in Texas – Bill Backed by Disability Advocates, Right to Life and ACLU