Faces & Facts behind Simon’s Law: Simon’s dad speaks

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, …

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Shock: pediatricians will issue DNRs to minors without parental OK

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 …

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Two Kansas pro-life bills get Senate first round approval

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 …

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Two Pro-life bills get Kansas Senate committee hearings

By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life The Kansas legislature reconvened this week for the second half of the session and Kansans for Life testified in hearings for two pro-life bills. On Thursday, the Senate Public Health & Welfare committee held a hearing on SB 437, Simon’s Law, a bill to insure that the …

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Simon’s Law: parental rights versus medical discrimination

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? …

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Passing Simon’s Law will potentially save lives as well as send a strong message

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. HB 1915, Simon’s Law, has two basic components. First, a health care facility must let a patient, resident or a prospective patient or resident know if they have a futility policy that will limit care in any way. Second, a do-not-resuscitate order cannot be placed in a minor child’s medical …

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Simon’s Law–Protecting Parental Rights in Missouri

Editor’s note. The following testimony will be delivered this afternoon of support of HB 1915, Simon’s Law. It has two basic components. First, a health care facility must let a patient, resident or a prospective patient or resident know if they have a futility policy that will limit care in any way. Second, a do-not-resuscitate …

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Simon’s Law: “To Be Heard”

By Sheryl Crosier Editor’s note. Missouri State Rep Bill Kidd has filed HB 1915, Simon’s Law. It has two basic components. First, a health care facility must let a patient, resident or a prospective patient or resident know if they have a futility policy that will limit care in any way. Second, a do-not-resuscitate order …

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