Sunday, February 23, 2014
Most people don’t like to think about end-of-life decisions, but the case of Marlise Munoz should be a wake-up call for everyone to take the necessary steps to make their wishes known. This can be accomplished with an Advance Health Care Directive, which is is a simple document authorizing one or more individuals to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to.
Some states like Texas and Illinois will automatically invalidate a pregnant woman’s end-of-life decisions. However, other states like Maryland allow women to write their wishes regarding pregnancy into their Advance Health Care Directives.
See Cheryl Jones, Lessons from Real Life: Why Everyone Needs an Advance Health Care Directive, JDSupra, Feb. 11, 2014.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.