TOPEKA: The Kansas Truth Caucus released the following statement today after the signing of Simon’s Law by Governor Sam Brownback.
Simon’s Law will prohibit a hospital or physician from placing a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order on a child under the age of 18, without parental consent. Simon’s Law is named in honor of Simon Crosier whose life ended tragically when life-saving measures were withheld from him due to a DNR order secretly placed in his file. Simon had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18, which led to the hospital placing the DNR without parental consent.
Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook said, “Simon’s Law is a critically important piece of legislation to protect all children like Simon with severe disabilities from facing a similar tragedy.” Pilcher-Cook continued, “No other family should ever face the horrifying possibility that an unauthorized DNR was placed on their child’s medical chart without their knowledge or consent. Simon’s Law is a huge step in the protection of the unalienable rights of parents to be in control of their children’s healthcare.”
Representative Chuck Weber stated, “The Kansas Truth Caucus is proud to support Simon’s Law. It is unconscionable to think that a parent’s wishes would ever be disregarded in the life and death decisions of their children. The protections put in place by Simon’s Law will ensure all parents remain in control of their children’s healthcare decisions.”