Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Delaware House of Representatives has passed a resolution in support of “protections for persons with severe brain injury, impaired consciousness or who are otherwise mentally disabled” from being involuntarily refused food and water

The impetus for this resolution is the case of Lauren Richardson, whom readers might recall is a 24-year-old Delaware woman who, after suffering severe injuries to her brain from a drug overdose, is now the at the centre of a court battle between her mother and father over the removal of her feeding tube.

To read the resolution, see here.

To read why the resolution doesn't "establish anything in terms of legislation or enforceable standards," see Stephen Drake's (from over at Not Dead Yet) synopsis of it and his discussion of its implications for the case of Lauren Richardson here.