John Seago Speaks on End of Life Issues! ~ September 28th
“Until the mid 1900’s most people died at home. In 1945 50% of American deaths occurred in hospitals. Today, even though 7 out of 10 Americans want to die at home, only a minority do.” 43% died in hospitals, 21% in long term care facilities, 25% died at home during 2005-2010 (most recent stats located). Click here for the statistics’ citations and a more detailed list.
Who Should Decide the Manner of Your Death?
Patient or Hospital
John Seago, Legislative Director at Texas Right to Life will discuss the Texas Advanced Directive Act and how this law impacts life-sustaining treatments, do not resuscitate orders, patient care, and family involvement at our September Monthly Meeting.
Increasingly it is difficult for patients and their families to direct end of life decisions. Medical staff and facilities are wielding much of the control. It can be confusing even for individuals who try to be proactive in stating their wishes. The Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee found a definite bias against life-sustaining treatment in Advance Care Planning counseling, when provided through insurance companies and Medicare. Click here for the Powell Center report.
The Powell Center and NRLC have created a Will to Live – a durable medical power of attorney document which is not slanted toward denial of medical care. They have produced these draft guidelines specific to the laws of each state. Click here to download the Texas -Will to Live.
Don’t miss the September Monthly Meeting!
About John Seago
John Seago has worked with Texas Right to Life for twelve years serving as the Legislative Director and a Patient Advocate. He leads the research, writing, and lobbying for state Pro-Life legislation like House Bill 2 in 2013, as well as the Judicial Bypass Reform and Patient Protections that passed in 2015. John also assists families facing clinical-level conflict with healthcare professionals and institutions as a patient advocate. John graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Biblical Studies from Southeastern College in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He studied philosophy at the University of Dallas for several years and has earned his Master’s in Bioethics from Trinity International University in Chicago. John lives in Austin, Tx with his wife Brandy and two children Nahum and Sophia.