Due Process Against Denial of Care

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network upholds human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.

We express this mission through public advocacy of essential qualities of human dignity—which include the right to food and water, the presumption of the will to live, due process against denial of care, protection from euthanasia as a form of medicine, and access to rehabilitative care—as well as through 24/7 Crisis Lifeline service to at-risk patients and families.

Why do we advocate due process against denial of care?

Should strangers be able to decide whether a patient lives or dies? We believe patients and families in crisis who have to make life and death decisions should be able to do so in peace, and without the pressure of an overzealous group of doctors, hospital ethics committees, or insurers deciding whether someone deserves to be denied life-sustaining care simply because their care is expensive.


Evolution News and Views, American Medical Association Playing "Hide the Ball" with Futile Care Rule?, Wesley J. Smith, July 16, 2016

Pro-Life Health Care Alliance, Impacts of “Futile Care Theory” in Texas, April 8, 2015

The Daily Caller, 'Futile Care' Duty To Die May Be Coming To A Hospital Near You, Wesley J. Smith, May 11, 2012

First Things, Futile Care Theory: Bioethicists Should Stop Pretending They Are Doing Patients a Favor, Wesley J. Smith, May 30, 2010

First Things, Filing Lawsuit Stops Hospital From Imposing Futile Care Treatment Cutoff Against Infant, Wesley J. Smith, November 24, 2009

First Things, Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State, Wesley J. Smith, November 23, 2009

First Things, Obamacare: Government Funded Studies Pushing Toward Futile Care Rationing?, Wesley J. Smith, October 16, 2009

First Things, Obamacare Roadmap: Under "Healthcare Reform" Will We Still Get to Decide About End-of-Life Care?, Wesley J. Smith, July 7, 2009

First Things, The Left Begins to "Get" The Threat of Futile Care Theory: Mickey Kaus Wants To Decide For Himself, Wesley J. Smith, June 21, 2009

LifeSiteNews.com, Toddler Emilio Gonzales Dies Naturally from Terminal Illness, Gudrun Schultz, May 22, 2007

LifeSiteNews.com, Andrea Clark Dies of Natural Causes, Hilary White, May 8, 2006

Discovery Institute, Death by Ethics Committee: Refusing to Treat Lives Deemed Unworthy of Living, Wesley J. Smith, April 27, 2006

National Review, Doc Knows Best: It'll Be Too Late For You, If He's Wrong, Wesley J. Smith, January 6, 2003

Christian Life Resources, Killing Them Softly: The Futile-Care Revolution, Wesley J. Smith, November 1, 2000