.- The Alaska Supreme Court has issued an order forbidding a hospital from removing a womanâs life-support tubes, which would almost certainly end her life.
Providence Hospital claimed that the womanâs medical treatment is not effective and argued sustaining her life violates the hospitalâs ethical standards. The womanâs husband filed suit against the hospital on May 16 to prevent hospital staff from removing her life support.
The husbandâs attorney, Kenneth Kirk, is allied with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). He responded to the decision, saying:
âHaving severe medical problems shouldnât be a death sentence. Judging a patientâs worth by subjective âquality of lifeâ standards is dangerous. The decision on whether to remove life support for this woman rests with her and her husband alone.â
ADF Senior Counsel Joe Infranco added: âNo one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life is worthless. A man is caring for the wife he loves; itâs not the hospitalâs job to end her life.
âWe are pleased with the courtâs decision to allow this woman to continue receiving her treatment, respecting the wishes of the patient and her husband over those of hospital bureaucrats.â
The state Supreme Courtâs decision has extended a May 20 temporary restraining order issued by another court. The decision will remain in effect pending appeal and further order of the court.