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RenewAmerica Columnist Dr. Paul Byrne Requests Help from Pro-Lifers

The following article clarifies why the Uniform Determination of Death Act must remain as written. In the first of two articles on our site about this topic, Sara Buscher explains that it “has not changed since 1980.” As written, the UDDA says: “An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.”  To underscore the importance of these words, Paul Byrne, MD, adds this insightful comment in the ULC action letter linked below, “There is no ground for legal presumption or less secure criteria.” In other words, the right to life of those who cannot defend themselves is at stake. Please read both and share and act in defense of those who cannot defend themselves. – Judie Brown

By Paul A. Byrne, MD

Dear Friends of Life,

Medical and legal elites want the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) to change the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) to make “brain death” easier to declare, explicitly without consent, including for the apnea test which removes the life-supporting ventilator and only risks harm.

Conscience opt-outs have been discussed but only if objection is made “prior” to initiation of the “brain death” exam protocol. Physician and healthcare provider opt-outs were not included. Conscience rights must include both patients and providers.

If you agree with the attached action letter prepared by Drs. Paul Byrne and Christine Zainer, please sign and return, if possible, before July 9, 2023, to Christine Zainer (NOT directly to the ULC):

We will make copies and send the letters in a bundle to the ULC.

Please download the ULC action letter (PDF) here, and please forward it to others.

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