By Florida Right to Life
In a stunning victory for life, our elderly, sick and vulnerable were saved from a dangerous piece of legislation called Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
Our legislative team led by attorney Jan Halisky kept the committee members informed about this life-ending legislation. Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Jeff Brandes, presented his legislation to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of Health and Human Services.
Speaking against the Bill were Florida Right to Life President, Lynda Bell, Diane Gowski, MD, State Director of the Catholic Medical Association, and Belinda Herring, member of the CMA guild. They gave excellent and compelling presentations on the harm that approving POLST would do, possibly causing the untimely death of many vulnerable patients.
In fact FRTL President Bell told the committee members she had renamed the legislation “POLET”– Physicians Orders for Life “Ending” Treatment–because there is nothing lifesaving about this legislation. This legislation was and is backed by the pro-assisted suicide organization, The Hemlock Society.
After committee members spoke against Sen. Brandes’ legislation, he suddenly withdrew it, stating he would be back next year!
Special thanks and appreciation goes to Subcommittee Chair Anitere Flores and Sens. Kathleen Passidomo, Dennis Baxley, and Kelli Stargel for so eloquently speaking against POLST.
Sen. Passidomo explained her concerns that the POLST form would overrule the patients advance directive while Sen. Baxley wisely observed that often “right to die” means “ought to die.” Sen. Stargel carefully expressed her concerns. In fact, the only one speaking in favor of the legislation was liberal anti-life Democrat Lauren Book.
While we rejoice in this victory, Sen. Brandes has promised to file the bill again in 2019. There is no time to rest; we can be certain that the POLST Task Force and the Hemlock Society will continue to lobby for this perilous legislation.
They can be assured, we will be there too, vigilantly continuing the fight for life!