A bitter split within the anti-abortion movement and like-minded organizations has helped derail legislation seeking to resolve disputes that arise when family members oppose a doctor’s order to halt treatment and allow a seriously ill patient to die.
The bill, intended to balance patient rights against a doctor’s ethical obligation to do no harm with end-of-life treatment, was approved by the Texas Senate but will not get a vote in the House Public Health Committee because of deep divisions among House Republicans, said state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham.
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