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.”