LaTurner Representative Introduces Simon Croisier Law – Newstalk KZRG

Today, Southeast Kansas Congressman Jake LaTurner introduced the Simon Croisier Act, which would prohibit medical providers from adding a DNR to a minor’s medical record without parental consent. Read the full press release from his office below:

This legislation ensures that the rights of parents remain intact and that they are fully involved in the decision-making process for their children.

“Sheryl and Scott Croisier saw their parental rights stripped in the last moments of their son’s life when doctors placed a DNR on Simon’s file without their consent. Parents, not doctors, have the right to make critical medical decisions in their child’s life, no matter how difficult or serious the situation, ”said Congressman LaTurner. “I am proud to have led the charge of Simon’s Law in the Kansas Senate, and I am equally proud to have introduced the Simon Croisier Law to Congress to prohibit this type of heartbreaking negligence from happening to others.” American families. “

“I am honored and more than delighted that this bill is being introduced at the federal level,” said Sheryl Croisier, Simon’s mother. “A huge thank you to everyone involved for supporting this crucial parental rights bill!

Simon Croisier was born on September 7, 2010 to parents Sheryl and Scott. At the age of three days, he was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. Simon continued to fight for his life until his death on December 3, 2010. It was only after his death that his parents realized that a “do not resuscitate” order, or DNR, had been placed in Simon’s medical file without his knowledge or consent. Sadly, this was not an isolated incident – one study found that 14% of doctors nationwide have refused or withdrawn medical care they deemed futile without telling patients’ families. Simon’s tragic death prompted nine states to pass Simon’s Law – prohibiting DNRs from being placed in a minor’s file without parental consent – with bipartisan and often unanimous support, starting with Kansas in April 2017.

Details on the Simon Croisier law:

  • Requires providers to notify at least one parent or legal guardian of a physician’s intention to institute a DNR both orally and in writing.
  • Gives either parent the power to withhold consent for a DNR.
  • Allows parents a 48 hour period after notification before a decision is required to consent to a DNR.
  • Allows parents to request a transfer for their child to another hospital and requires providers to provide care until the transfer is complete.

The full text of the Simon Croisier law is available here.

Congressman LaTurner is proud to have received the support of the National Right to Life Committee, March for Life, Susan B. Anthony List, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethics and Religious Freedom Commission, Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, Family Policy Alliance, American Principles Project, Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network and Kansas Family Voice for the Simon Croisier Law.

“We strongly support this legislation which would affirm the right of parents to be informed about the care their newborn is receiving in hospital, or the lack of care,” said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs at the SBA. “No parent should have to go through what Simon’s parents did – and find out that the healthcare professionals tasked with caring for their child’s precious life would instead choose to choke that life out through a DNR. Representative LaTurner’s bill is needed to establish safeguards for parents and their babies – and we are pleased that he sheds light on this important issue, because lives are at stake. “

National Right to Life congratulates Representative LaTurner (R-KS) for his work on the “Simon Crosier Act”. without the permission of any parent. Simon’s Law will protect children with disabilities, who are more likely to be denied medical interventions, by ensuring their parents’ involvement.

“Fathers and mothers who have delivered a child with acute medical distress to the hands of a doctor know, perhaps uniquely, the weight of parenthood. I felt this weight when I put my two year old son on an operating table for emergency surgery where he might not get up. I left my heart on this table, but before I did, I read every line, researched several opinions, and asked the questions he was too young to ask until I was sure we understood his. prognosis, treatment plan and options, ”said Quena González, senior director of government affairs, Family Research Council. “No parent, under any circumstances, should be denied the opportunity to fight for their son or daughter. Hospitals and insurance companies can abandon a child, but only a parent can put a son or daughter into the hands of God.

“Kansans for Life is proud to have drafted the original version of the Simon Croisier Act and to have worked hand in hand with State Senator LaTurner in 2017. Since then, similar legislation has been enacted in 9 more. States, ”said Danielle Underwood, KFL Communications Director. “We applaud Congressman LaTurner for continuing to fight for the vulnerable, including medically fragile children, by bringing forward this important bill.”

According to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency responsible for advising Congress and the President, “the unrecognized subjective judgments of physicians about whether a patient’s life would be worth living if they received a treatment and survived, is a scary concept. for many people with disabilities, as studies show that many health care providers, most of them unknowingly, have prejudices and misperceptions about the quality of life of their patients, which can affect willpower doctors to provide life-saving care.

Original Cosponsors: Reps Banks (R-IN), Smith (R-NJ), Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Mann (R-KS), Babin (R-TX), Duncan (R-SC), Hinson (R-IA), Estes (R-KS), Bon (R-VA), Cawthorn (R-NC), Bice (R-OK), Lesko (R-AZ), Salazar (R-FL), Moore (R-UT), Lamborn (R-CO), Latta (R-OH), Van Duyne (R-TX), Jackson (R-TX), Mullin (R-OK)

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