This time it's not abortion, but when to pull the plug
Competing bills in the Texas Legislature would update a 1999 law that pro-life groups oppose. But this isn't another abortion battle. Instead of defining when life begins, these bills are about when life ends.
Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life says the Texas Advance Directive Act leaves open the possibility of "death panels."
"I think that the efforts to withdraw treatment, the decisions to withdraw treatment have been arbitrary quality of life judgments."
Graham supports a bill that would leave continuing treatment up to the family. But Joe Pojman at the Texas Alliance for Life wants a bill that protects doctors, too.
"So they're not required to provide unethical or ineffective treatment indefinitely."
The Alliance backs a bill that would extend a patient's treatment -- but sets a limit.