Awaiting a decision on whether or not to pull plug on Baby Tinslee


There's no date when a three-judge appeals court in Fort Worth will issue a written opinion and ruling on whether or not to pull the plug on a one-year-old baby.

The Texas 10-day rule allows a medical facility to pull the plug on a patient.

"Who gets to decide if your child can live or die? Does a hospital committee have this right to decide that Tinslee should die?," said<PSI_END_OBJECT> Kimberlyn Schwartz with Texas Right to Life.

She said she hopes the judges will strike down the Texas 10-day rule which has killed many Texans.

"No other state has a law as bad as Texas in this regard, and so we really pray that the appeals court will grant Tinsleee a temporary injunction that will protect her," said Schwartz.

She said Governor Abbott and the Attorney General had a representative there to speak on their behalf in support of Tinslee being saved. Schwartz added that she feels hopeful about the appeals process in regards to Baby Tinslee, since the hospital didn't argue the family has yet to receive a fair trial.

AUSTIN – On behalf of Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins argued before the Second Court of Appeals, fighting to protect baby T.L.’s life and halt a Texas law that allows physicians, along with an ethics or medical committee, to cease life-sustaining treatment against a patient or caregiver’s wishes.

“I urge the court to protect the life of this baby girl while her family members are given the opportunity to tell their side of the story and fight for their daughter. Patients must be heard and justly represented when it comes to determining their medical treatment, especially when their life is at risk,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Life is the first constitutionally protected interest, and this case is a matter of life and death for a defenseless child. This baby girl, like all Texans, must be afforded the rights she deserves.”

In November 2019, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas denied the baby’s mother’s request to continue life-sustaining treatment without first providing due process of law, directly violating her wishes and her daughter’s right to life. The family seeks an order from the court that will prevent the hospital from ignoring their wishes and ending their daughter’s life.


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