An Act To Clarify the Policy for Withdrawal of Life Support from Minors
Sec. 1. 18-A MRSA §5-819 is enacted to read:
§ 5-819. Withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment for minors
This bill authorizes a physician to withhold or withdraw life sustaining treatment for a minor or institute a do-not-resuscitate order for a minor only if the authorized legal surrogate for the minor gives direction in writing. This bill specifies that an "authorized legal surrogate" does not include a legal guardian or state agency or representative for a minor when the minor's parents' full parental rights have not been terminated.