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Respect patients’, not hospitals’, end-of-life wishes
San Francisco Chronicle

Advance directives about health care at the end of life have become common in America. Yet imagine those written statements of an individual’s wishes regarding medical treatment being thwarted — people kept alive indefinitely against their will — because of someone else’s religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case whose outcome could not only prevent tens of thousands of women from getting reproductive health care services, but also could eliminate end-of-life care options for millions of Americans.