Your Testimony Needed At The Texas Capitol To Speak For Life

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Your Testimony Needed At The Texas Capitol To Speak For Life
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Texas Right to Life says
Advocates for LIFE are needed in Austin to voice concerns and testify against House Bill 3074. You can read the bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB03074I.pdf#navpanes=0

HB 3074 is a misguided attempt at a small reform to the Texas Advance Directive Law. HB 3074 only appears to prohibit the withdrawal of food and hydration from patients, but the bill offers 5 exceptions under which hospital ethics committees can actually withdraw food and water—even if the patient and his family are requesting this life-sustaining care. The exceptions are so broadly-written and subjective that the hospital committee can withdraw food and water, called “artificially administered nutrition and hydration” or “AANH” in HB 3074, as they find appropriate.

The Texas Advance Directive Law needs reforms and patient protections. HB 3074 offers neither and only strengthens current law that authorizes hospital ethics committees to impose quality of life value judgments on patients.

Even more subversive, the bill is being marketed as pro-life!

- Your presence at the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday in room 140. While travel is difficult on such short notice, the committee needs to see you advocating for real protections of vulnerable patients.
- By showing up, you show the committee how much this bill would affect you and your loved ones.
- Your brief testimony on why this bill is wrong for Texas. This only need be a short statement (3 minutes or less when spoken), but enough to convey your thoughts on why Texans deserve better than to allow hospitals the power to determine whose life is worth living.
- Your flexibility and patience: These hearing will not begin until the House chamber has finished with their regular order of business for that day, which could mean a 4:00PM or later start time. Other bills are also scheduled for the Committee on State Affairs this day so the hearing could last through the night. Plan accordingly.
- Your prayers. We ask you to join us in prayer as this event unfolds.

If you’re unable to make the trip but still wish to assist in our efforts:
- Recruit and activate your prayer network on HB 3074 and to cover the Texas Right to Life team as we oppose some powerful people.
- Send us your written statement on why you believe the bill is wrong for Texas. Email your written statement, your name, and city of residence to prolife@texasrighttolife.com. We will print your testimony and deliver to the Committee on State Affairs.
- Call the offices of the committee members and ask them to vote “no” on HB 3074. Contact them here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=84R&CmteCode=C450

Please share this event and invite friends to do the same on Wednesday.
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By: Texas Right to Life

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