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09/17/2018 - 7:00am

Matthew J. B. Lawrence is Assistant Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law. From 2013 to 2015 he was an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center, where his research focused on civil procedure, health law, and administrative law. His scholarship has been published … Continue reading →

09/17/2018 - 3:00am

Perhaps due to its size, California has been the site of nearly a dozen brain death conflicts that have escalated to court. The latest dispute concerns three-year-old Azalya Anderson who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night.

09/17/2018 - 3:00am

Perhaps due to its size, California has been the site of nearly a dozen brain death conflicts that have escalated to court. The latest dispute concerns three-year-old Azalya Anderson who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night....

09/16/2018 - 3:30am

Here are just some of the highlights of our upcoming second 2018 update to The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking. 

Enactment of the “Our Care, Our Choice Act,” making Hawaii the seventh U.S. jurisdiction to legalize medical aid in dying with a statute modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act....

09/16/2018 - 3:30am

Here are just some of the highlights of our upcoming second 2018 update to The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking

This supplement covers the most recent legal developments—judicial cases, legislation, and news accounts of important legal proceedings that are not officially reported—concerning end-of-life decisionmaking. 

Enactment of the “Our Care, Our Choice Act,” making Hawaii the seventh U.S. jurisdiction to legalize medical aid in dying with a statute modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

An amendment to the California penal code, clarifying that individuals acting in compliance with the End of Life Options Act cannot be prosecuted for assisted suicide.

Repeal of a Connecticut statute that had long wholly nullified the advance directives of pregnant patients.

Enactment of an innovative Alabama statute, mandating the regulatory development of a portable DNR order for minors, a Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care Order (PPEL).

Enactment of a default surrogate statute in Nebraska.

An amendment to the Vermont advance directive statute, expanding who can explain and witness advance directives that are completed in institutional settings.

An amendment to the Vermont POLST statute, permitting out-of-state clinicians to complete and sign POLST forms for Vermont patients.

An amendment to the California advance directive form that clarifies by agreeing to make an organ or tissue donation, the donor consents to any temporary medical procedure necessary solely to evaluate and/or maintain the organs and/or tissues for purposes of donation, even if the donor has chosen to withhold or withdraw treatment.

Promulgation of Texas regulations, implementing a newly effective statute that requires clinicians to obtain patient or surrogate consent before writing a facility-based DNR order.

Establishment of Palliative Care and Quality of Life task forces in three more states.

An amendment to the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, permitting temporary custodians to make life-sustaining treatment health care decisions concerning for minors.


09/15/2018 - 3:30am

Readers of this blog should find this book of interest and value:  Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children - From Disagreement to Dissensus.

What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be best for a child? When should courts become involved? Should life support be stopped against parents' wishes?...

09/15/2018 - 3:30am

Readers of this blog should find this book of interest and value:  Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children - From Disagreement to Dissensus.

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What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be be...

09/19/2018 - 11:04pm
Allongement de la durée de vie, réduction du temps de travail : pourquoi vouloir plus de temps ?
09/14/2018 - 3:59pm

By Ameet Sarpatwari, Michael S. Sinha, and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed medical literature to identify interesting empirical studies, policy analyses, and editorials on health law and policy issues relevant … Continue reading →

09/14/2018 - 12:39pm

Fr. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D., Professor and  James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University, responded to concerns about a retreat he will be leading in early October. The retreat, titled “Living in Truth: The Call to Authenticity,” is offered for gay priests, brothers and deacons. It is sponsored by New Ways […]