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March 9, 2015      12:25 PM

End-of-life talks stalled as Texas Right to Life will not come to the table

In letter, the group's attorney claims TEC could compel donor list release, other groups and their attorneys disagree

The thorny issue of how to reform Texas’ laws on end-of-life health care is front and center for prominent pro-life groups at the Texas Capitol. But, one of those groups is skipping out on negotiations about crafting legislation and in doing so the group’s lawyer is blaming the Texas Ethics Commission for rules aimed at transparency in elections.

Texas Right to Life is once again at odds with Texas Coalition for Life and Texas Alliance for Life, with the latter two of the three groups in agreement that there is no TEC rule standing in the way of productive talks on how to reform the Advance Directives Act.

Former Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, unsuccessfully pushed changes in 2013 that would have given patients’ families greater protections while providing clarity for doctors in situations when physicians and families do not agree about how to deal with a terminal illness.

By Scott Braddock