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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, March 28, 2005

Congress Likely to Consider End-of-Life Legislation

Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times reports today that, in the aftermath of the whirwind of controversy surrounding end-of-life decisions on behalf of Terri Schiavo, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle think Congress should at least hold hearings and possibly even prescribe new rules on the subject.  There appears to be enough interest on the part of disability-rights and pro-life groups to prompt Congressional action of some kind.  Past congressional efforts in this area include the "Baby Doe rules," the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990, and (perhaps inadvertently) EMTALA (used as a basis for the 4th Circuit's decision upholding a treatment order in a futility case involving an anencephalic infant (In re Baby K) (WestLaw; requires subscription).   [tm]

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