Posted on March 15, 2019 at 4:30 AM
This week, the Iowa House of Representatives passed H.F. 594. This bill adds a new section to the Iowa Code (144F.1) that provides:
“A court of law or equity shall not have the authority to require the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from a minor child over the objection of the minor child’s parent or guardian, unless there is conclusive medical evidence that the minor child has died and any electronic brain, heart, or respiratory monitoring activity exhibited to the contrary is a false artifact. For the purposes of this section, “life-sustaining procedure” means the same as defined in section 144A.2.”
Other Simon’s Law legislation prohibits unilateral action by clinicians. Iowa goes further by also disallowing action by courts. Here is a particularly passionate defense of the bill.