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Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Baby Doe Rules and Texas's 'Futility Law'

Thomas William Mayo (Southern Methodist School of Law) has posted The Baby Doe Rules and Texas’s “Futility Law” in the NICU on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The applicability in the NICU of the futility provision of Texas's Advance Directives Act and its relationship to the Baby Doe rules are reasonably straightforward. Nonetheless, many comments have been written about Texas's so-called “futility law,” some of them complimentary and others, not so much. The most serious critiques of the Texas futility provision, however, are based upon assumptions that result from a fundamental misreading of the law. After a brief discussion of the futility provision and its principal features, this Essay examines the misunderstandings that plague many critiques of the law and then offer a list of proposed amendments to the law that address some of the actual deficiencies in the futility provision.

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