An Act To Clarify the Policy for Withdrawal of Life Support from Minors
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §4037, as amended by PL 1995, c. 694, Pt. D, §44 and affected by Pt. E, §2, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
§ 4037. Authority of custodian
When custody of the child is ordered to the department or other custodian under a preliminary or final protection order, the custodian has full custody of the child subject to the terms of the order and other applicable law.
(1) If the parent or parents whose parental rights have not been terminated consent to the custodian having that authority and the custodian determines that withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment is in the best interests of the child after considering the factors in paragraph C and the opinions of the child's treating physicians; or
(2) If any parent whose parental rights have not been terminated does not consent, after notice and hearing, the District Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that:
(a) All of the nonconsenting parents are unfit under one or more of the grounds for termination in section 4055, subsection 1, paragraph B, subparagraph (2), division (b); and
(b) Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment is in the best interests of the child.