California judge rules wife can end husband’s life support over sister’s objections

In dispute reminiscent of Terri Schiavo case, Los Angeles judge says state law makes spouse the presumptive healthcare decision-maker in absence of advance directive

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a spouse in California is the presumptive healthcare decision maker when the partner is in a persistent vegetative state. Ruling in the case of a San Gabriel Valley man, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House said that in the event that there is no advance directive for a someone in a vegetative state, their partner can decide … [Read more...]