family consent law

Health & Wealth
5:21 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Lawmaker Seeks New 'Family Consent' Law

State Representative Bill White wants a "family consent" law in Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

End-of-life decisions can be wrenching for families. In the early 2000s, the case of Terri Schiavo riveted the nation, as her family battled over whether to remove her feeding tube or keep her on life support. Now, 44 states have so-called “family consent” laws, which help determine which family member should make health care decisions. Missouri is one of the six states with no such law, putting families and doctors in legal limbo. But a bill headed for the Missouri legislature could change that.

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