Professor Chapman comments: 'Life-preserving' law in Oklahoma raises questions for doctors

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Published by Huffington Post, Thursday, May 16, 2013

'Life-preserving' law in Oklahoma raises questions for doctors

By Michael Ollove

TULSA, Okla. – University of Tulsa law professor Marguerite Chapman has been studying end-of-life issues in Oklahoma for three decades and has come to a conclusion: “It’s getting almost to the point that you need a government permit in order to die in this state.”

Certainly, dying has gotten a lot more complicated here, the result of a unique measure passed by the Oklahoma legislature and signed into law last month by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

Modeled after legislation written by the National Right to Life Committee, the law says that patients who are disabled, elderly or terminally ill cannot be denied life-preserving treatments if they or their health proxies want it.

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