(1) The Legislature recognizes the common-law right and a constitutionally protected
liberty interest for people to direct their medical treatment. The exercise of such right and liberty interest is subject to certain state interests
in preserving life, preventing homicide and suicide, protecting dependent third parties,
and maintaining the integrity of the medical profession. The Legislature adopts the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act to provide one means,
by use of the declaration described in the act, for people to exercise their rights.
Unjustifiable violation of a patient's direction shall be a civil cause of action
maintainable by the patient or the patient's next of kin. Remedy in law and equity may be granted by a court of competent jurisdiction.
(2) It is the public policy of this state that no existing right be terminated or
restricted by the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.
FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.
Was this helpful?
Welcome to FindLaw's Cases & Codes
A free source of state and federal court opinions, state laws, and the United States Code. For more information about the legal concepts addressed by these cases and statutes, visit FindLaw's Learn About the Law.