Schindler Schiavo Foundation Website
Futile Care Theory.
are no laws permitting non-voluntary euthanasia in the
United States, but it can probably be said that the same
result occurs under Futile
Care Theory. Futile
says that health care providers and institutions may deny
treatment to people who are deemed not to have a quality
of life worth preserving.
This is applicable even if the care is wanted and
would benefit the patient.
The doctor is entitled to call such care
Futile Care Theory Works In Practice. Burke Balche.
Right to Life’s Medical Ethics Director, Burke Balche
describes the dispute process (personal pre-interview
note to Don Nelson, 09/04 to prepare for a Voice For Life
the event of a dispute over providing wanted
life-sustaining treatment, the matter will first be
discussed informally among bioethics, chaplains, social
workers, doctors, family, and patient (if capable).
the dispute cannot be resolved informally, it will be
brought to the hospital bioethics committee or other body
established for "adjudication."
committee hears from the doctors, family, bioethics
experts, and others. If the committee rules that the
treatment is not to be provided, the patient will be
denied all further treatment in the hospital, other than
comfort care--this, even if the family finds a doctor
willing to provide the desired services.”
has become standard of practice in all 50 states.
If a lawsuit were to occur, it is likely that
judges would ask if the hospital were following standard
of care. This
is why Futile Care Theory is a very hot topic in
bio-ethics and the right to life movement