Michigan May Join "Red Light" States that Prohibit Stopping Life-Sustaining Treatments without Consent

On Thursday, Michigan state Senator John Proos introduced a bill that would make Michigan the latest in a growing list of states that prohibit clinicians from stopping one or all forms of life-sustaining treatment without consent. Other recent states include Kansas, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma. 

The key language in S.B. 597 provides: "a physician shall not issue a medical order, orally or in writing, to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a patient or to not resuscitate a patient without first obtaining . . . consent." 

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