On April 15, the Texas Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas, issued the following statement to members of the Texas Legislature to correct a misinformation campaign regarding SB 303, a pro-life bill intended to reform end-of-life care. The letter is here, and select quotes are given below:
Dear Members of the Texas Legislature:
The Texas Catholic Conference is compelled to publicly correct the misstatements and fabrications that continue to be perpetuated by the Texas Right to Life organization against legislation to improve end-of-life care by reforming the Texas Advance Directives Act.
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Senate Bill 303 and House Bill 1444 are based on Catholic moral principles and reasonable medical standards for defending human life and protecting the conscience of both families and physicians. Both bills prevent unilateral DNRs, improve communication between medical providers and families, ensure a clear and balanced process for resolving differences, and give families the right to challenge Do Not Resuscitate Orders before a medical ethics committee.
In both its materials and communications with legislative offices and staff, Texas Right to Life has tried to stoke fear through ridiculous claims of nonexistent "death panels" and assertions that doctors are "secretly trying to kill patients." Both claims are absurd.
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It is outrageous that an organization purportedly committed to the rights and dignity of life would resort to such disingenuous tactics that deceive honest and caring people. What is worse is doing so in a way that perpetuates current law and may cause unnecessary patient suffering.
SB 303 is strongly supported by Texas Alliance for Life and a broad coalition of pro-life organizations and health care providers, including the Texas Catholic Conference, the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, and the Catholic Health Association of Texas.
Read the actual bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB00303S.pdf#navpanes=0
Please help pass SB 303. Call and urge Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and your state senator to support SB 303. (Capitol Switchboard: 512.436.4630.)