Louisiana Law Regarding End of Life Procedures (HB 348)
Last updated: Jun 2, 2014
HB 348 would have prohibited the “withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining procedures from a pregnant woman” in cases where the obstetrician determines the woman’s life “can reasonably be maintained in such a way as to permit the continuing development and live birth of the unborn child,” even if there is a contrary direction in an advanced directive, a living will, or decision by a healthcare provider.
The bill does make exceptions for when maintaining mechanical support would not “permit the continuing development and live birth of the unborn child,” or would be “physically harmful to the pregnant woman,” or “[c]ause pain to the pregnant woman that cannot be alleviated by medication.”
This bill would have made it legal for the state to prohibit a family member from directing physicians to remove mechanical support from a brain-dead pregnant woman despite directions from the woman or her health-care provider to the contrary.
HB 348 became HB 1274.