By Right to Life of Michigan At Right to Life of Michigan we’ve been flooded with a rash of calls and requests lately of a most disturbing nature. Patients and their families are finding themselves subject to Kafka-esque actions designed to take aware their autonomy and wishes—with deadly effect. Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio’s senior political …Continue reading "Stumping for secret court orders and secret DNR orders"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Appreciative parents, legislators and pro-life /pro-family advocates surrounded Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this morning as he formally signed Simon’s Law. Simon’s Law passed the Kansas Senate 29-9 on March 16 and the House by 121-3 on March 31. The victory culminated a grassroots campaign among families whose …Continue reading "Kansas’ Gov. Brownback signs first-in-nation Simon’s Law"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Kansans for Life’s top priority pro-life bill, Simon’s Law, has been sent to a receptive Gov. Sam Brownback for his signature. Kudos goes to the tireless efforts of the Scott and Sheryl Crosier family for launching the grassroots campaign, in their infant son’s name, to enact a …Continue reading "Kansas sends Simon’s Law to Gov. Brownback"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Last night, the Kansas Senate approved Simon’s Law, 29-11, despite a last-minute hostile amendment from Sen. Barbara Bollier. All but three Republicans voted in favor of this Kansans for Life-priority bill while eight of nine Democrats voted in opposition. Simon’s Law insures that parents are the decision-makers …Continue reading "Kansas Senate strengthens parental rights by passing Simon’s Law"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life 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 …Continue reading "Kansas Senate committee passes Simon’s Law"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life The Kansas Legislature adjourned for the year in the wee hours of Monday morning, with two big victories in the area of pro-life healthcare. Disappointingly, however, the time clock hurt us on achieving Simon’s Law, which would insure that no “Do Not Resuscitate” order could be issued …Continue reading "Kansas enacts pro-life laws, time clock precludes passage of “Simon’s Law”"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Pro-lifers across the nation have been reading our series of articles on the “Faces & Facts of Simon’s Law,” and are urging Kansas to protect children and empower parents by enacting this vital measure. Parents are stunned to learn that a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) or DNAR …Continue reading "Pro-life doctors & nurses groups endorse Kansas’ Simon’s Law"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans for Life Legislative Director Editor’s note. Simon’s Law insures that life-sustaining treatment (resuscitation, nutrition, medicine) will not be denied to minors without parental consent. This bill has already passed the Kansas Senate 37-3 and work on its passage in the House will continue when legislators return April 27. The testimony for …Continue reading "The Faces & Facts behind Simon’s Law: Krissy"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director. Kansans for Life Recent posts have revealed the facts surrounding secretly placed “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders without parental notice or consent that resulted in the deaths of Simon Crosier and Megan Barnes. Testimonies from both families, as well as detailed testimonies from other families and supportive physicians and researchers, …Continue reading "Faces & Facts behind Simon’s Law: Simon’s dad speaks"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Editor’s note. This is the latest in an ongoing series of stories about a proposed law in Kansas that would prevent children from being denied life-sustaining care through DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders issued without parental knowledge or permission. Kansas parents that we have been conversing with …Continue reading "Shock: pediatricians will issue DNRs to minors without parental OK"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared the morning of March 22 on the blog of Kansans for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. Later in the day SB 437, Simon’ s Law, passed 37-3 and SB 436 passed 32-8. The Kansas Senate has approved two …Continue reading "Two Kansas pro-life bills get Senate first round approval"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Can a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order be placed in your child’s medical file without your knowledge? YES! Can your child be denied life-sustaining care based on a quality of life assessment by a hospital ethics board? YES! Are both situations outrageous and scary? YES! The remedy? …Continue reading "Simon’s Law: parental rights versus medical discrimination"