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Texas AG Paxton: Baby T.L.’s Right to Life Must be Protected

by | Jan 17, 2020

Hospital denied the baby’s mother’s request to continue life-sustaining treatment

AUSTIN –Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Second Court of Appeals, urging the court to reverse a lower court’s order and grant baby T.L.’s family a temporary injunction until the case is resolved to protect the baby’s life.

In November 2019, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas denied the baby’s mother’s request to continue life-sustaining treatment without first providing due process of law, directly violating her wishes and her daughter’s right to life. The family seeks an order from the court that will prevent the hospital from ignoring the family’s wishes by ending baby T.L.’s life.

“Life is the first and ultimate constitutionally protected interest, and this case is certainly a matter of life or death,” said Attorney General Paxton. “This baby girl, like all Texans, has the rights to life and due process. Patients must be heard and justly represented when determining their own medical treatment, especially when their life is in danger. My office will use all necessary resources to ensure that this baby and all Texans are afforded the rights they deserve.”

Editor’s note. As the amicus brief makes clear, “Before the hospital may deprive her of her life, the federal and state constitutions guarantee her, at minimum, notice and an opportunity to be heard. Yet section 166.046 of the Texas Health and Safety Code does not adequately provide either. On its face, section 166.046 stands in conflict with the core right to life the federal and state constitutions promise baby T.L. Section 166.046’s defects make Texas a national outlier.“

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