Parents May soon be Allowed to Decide Whether their Children Will have DNR Orders in Maine

Many things we simple take for granted.  That we will be able to decide whether or not a healthcare worker will resuscitate our child would be one of those things.  It should just be a no brainer.  I am the parent it is my decision  Now, we are not talking about feeding tubes and the like.  What we are talking about is the child in hospital care having a DNR order or not.  Once the hospital has given such an order, who decides if it is repealed?  As of right now, it may be the doctor.

Christian News reports       

Lawmakers in Maine have proposed a bill that would provide clarification on the rights of parents to make medical decisions for their children in light of an incident that concerned Christian groups and others across the country.

There was a case in which the doctors and the state sought to refuse to lift the DNR order of a little girl.

Christian News says

Aleah Peaslee was six months old when her father, Kevin Peaslee, 22, allegedly shook her as he was watching the child while her mother was at work. He originally told police that he had dropped the baby, but later admitted to shaking her, and was charged with aggravated assault.

Aleah was severely injured and, at one point, went into a coma. Doctors did not believe that she would survive, and suggested a DNR order, which was initially agreed upon.

But when it seemed that Aleah was going to be able to live on her own and even came out of the coma, the doctors would not allow her mother to remove the DNR order.  And then the state got involved.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services also became involved and went to the courts to have the DNR order reinstated against the parents’ will.

The whole idea that the state would be able or even think that it has the power to decide what is best for our children should give us pause.  When does the encroachment on our rights end?  When will someone finally say, “that’s far enough.”  Well, someone finally did.  The 18-year mother Virginia Trask decided she would not take this lying down.

Trask then sued the state and the Department eventually agreed to Trask’s wishes to remove the DNR order, which resulted in the Maine Supreme Court dismissing the suit.

This proposed bill will clarify the line between state and parent.  It will help to protect the rights of the parent.  It reads

“A physician may withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment for a minor, institute a do-not-resuscitate order for a minor or take other action that is more likely than not to lead to severe physical harm or death of a minor only if the authorized legal surrogate for the minor gives direction in writing,” L.D. 1117 reads.

Though there is some opposition, hopefully, this will be passed soon.