Government & Politics
Utah Gives Dying Children a Choice
Two years ago the Utah legislature authorized use of do-not-resuscitate orders for terminally ill children after discharge from the hospital.
The new directives operate on the same model as those for adults, with the additional requirement that two doctors sign for them instead of one.
Despite that added requirement, the law still gives parents of terminally ill children in Utah a choice. It’s a choice that Iowa parent Diane Wiederholt, whose 13-year-old daughter Maggie died this past February after a lengthy illness, thinks Iowans should have.