Simon’s Law – Now in Congress – Would Prohibit Unilateral DNR Orders

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A growing number of states have been enacting Simon’s Law, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota. These laws typically prohibit medical providers from adding a DNR to a minor’s medical chart without parental consent. 

Now a bill (H.R. 5656) has been introduced in Congress. This bill:

Requires providers to inform at least one parent or legal guardian of a physician’s intent to institute a DNR both orally and in writing.

Provides either parent with authority to refuse consent for a DNR.

Allows parents a 48-hour period after notification is provided before a decision is required to consent to a DNR.

Authorizes parents to request a transfer for their child to another hospital and requires providers to provide care until the transfer is completed.

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