Kansas Senate Committee Passes Simon's LawBy Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
NRL News Today - March 7, 2017
Kansans for Life [KFL] applauds the Senate Federal and State Affairs chair, Jacob LaTurner (R-Pittsburg), and members of the committee, for advancing an amended version of SB 85, Simon’s Law, to the full Senate for consideration.
SB 85 requires that:
- parents receive written and oral notification before any DNR is placed in their child’s medical file–which they have the right to refuse;
- any patient or prospective patient has the right to review existent medical facility “futility” policies governing the supply or denial of resuscitation and life sustaining treatments.
The legislation is named after Simon Crosier, who had Trisomy 18, a chromosomal condition. Simon died after he was denied resuscitation at just three months of life.
Later, the Crosiers discovered to their shock and horror, that a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Order had been placed in the infant’s medical file without his parents’ knowledge or consent.
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