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Posted on September 3, 2020 at 9:50 PM

A large group of healthcare and other associations has filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court of Texas to review the massive Court of Appeals decision questioning the constitutionality of the Texas Advance Directives Act.

The most fundamental problem with the amici’s argument is on page 10 where they concede “the limited role that the statute provides for courts.” Dispute resolution under TADA is not consensual arbitration. The State of Texas has literally deputized the Cook Children’s Medical Center ethics committee to resolve a life and death conflict that otherwise would have been adjudicated by the Tarrant County District Court.

The amici include:

  1. Texas Alliance for Life
  2. Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
  3. Texans for Life Coalition
  4. Coalition of Texans with Disabilities,
  5. Children’s Hospital Association of Texas
  6. Catholic Health Association of Texas
  7. Texas Nurses Association
  8. Texas Alliance for Patient Access
  9. American Academy of Pediatrics
  10. Texas Pediatric Society
  11. American Medical Association
  12. Texas Medical Association
  13. Texas Osteopathic Medical Association
  14. Texas Hospital Association
  15. Leadingage Texas 
  16. Tarrant County Medical Society
  17. Dallas County Medical Society
  18. Baylor Scott and White Health
  19. Texas Children’s Hospital
  20. Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals

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