FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/19/2019
Texas House and Senate members request Special Session to repeal 10-Day Rule on behalf of Baby Tinslee Lewis
Austin, TX: Today, State Representative Tony Tinderholt, along with colleagues from both the Texas House and Senate, sent a bipartisan letter to Governor Abbott requesting an immediate Special Session to repeal the Anti-Life 10-Day Rule. This controversial law allows basic medical treatment (like a ventilator) to be removed from Texas patients against their will after a 10-Day notice. While purported to allow families to transfer their loved ones to another facility, it is impossible for surrogates and patients to single-handedly secure such a transfer once the hospital has decided to remove treatment.
At the time of the letter’s release, Tinderholt stated, “It is our responsibility as legislators is to protect the basic rights of our citizens. This unjust law protects neither the right to life nor due process. Baby Tinslee has proven herself to be quite the fighter, but no parent should have to experience what Tinslee’s mother, Trinity Lewis, has been through in the past several weeks. We ask Governor Abbott to call a Special Session to prevent future parents from having to fight for the very lives of their children.”
Earlier this year, during the Regular Session of the 86th Legislature, Representative Tinderholt co-authored the bipartisan House Bill 3158 that many believed to be a fair balance between patient’s rights and physician professionalism.
The letter is signed by three senators (Brandon Creighton, Bob Hall, and Kelly Hancock) and 13 representatives (Kyle Biedermann, Dwayne Bohac, Matt Krause, Mayes Middleton, Tom Oliverson, Leo Pacheco, Jared Patterson, Scott Sanford, Jonathan Stickland, Valoree Swanson, Tony Tinderholt, Steve Toth, and James White).