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Saturday, January 01, 2005

My Actual "Will To Live" Document

Living Wills and "Wills to Live" are being discussed all over the web. In discussions at Blogs for Terri, AfterAbortion and elsewhere, I've mentioned my Will To Live legal document, and others have expressed concern that even such a document would not protect one's wishes since we seem to now be letting the government "interfere" in Terri Schiavo's rights and life.

NOTE: A Living Will, as typically written, will NOT SAVE ONE'S LIFE if that is what one wishes. It will, in fact, be a directive that you wish to die in most circumstances and certainly under the same circumstances as Terri Schiavo.

As someone else eloquently put it, Michael Schiavo made this a public issue when he successfully sued for malpractice to try to get monies to be used for rehabilitating his wife, then ceased allowing such treatments after he obtained the several million dollars, much of which then went toward his attorneys' fees to fight to have her food and water withheld as well. To learn the whole truth, it's best to read Blogs for Terri, especially (in upper right sidebar) "Facts About Terri," "She Is Not PVS," "Video Evidence," and the various posts regarding CODEBLUEBLOG. Also, Hyscience should be followed.

I've put my own WILL TO LIVE document, fully executed, notarized and legally binding, up here for review. NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT IS BOTH A "WILL TO LIVE" AND a "POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTHCARE DECISIONS." It replaces and nullifies a Living Will I'd executed years ago, which, had I become disabled as Terri Schiavo was, would have had me killed just as Terri was.

I executed this a year and a half ago in direct response to what I've learned about Terri's terrible situation.

WARNING: THIS IS A CONNECTICUT STATE ONLY DOCUMENT, and one modified legally to reflect MY WISHES. Templates for this and other states' versions are available here, along with the suggestions that helped me edit mine.

[UPDATE: On April 1, WorldNetDaily posted a good article highlighting these same concerns.]

Answers to the many questions (and/or debates) this is sure to raise are found here. Please, readers, read all the links available there before you ask me questions. I'm pretty certain all your answers will be found there, in those pages, including "Why Not Sign a Living Will Instead of the Will to Live?"

Do not use or mimic this document unless you have fully read and understood it and fully agree with what it implies and states. I must put this disclaimer on these entire posts and the websites:

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The document follows in its entirety:

Will To Live Form
and Connecticut Health Care Agent/
Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions

This type of document has been authorized by the Connecticut Removal of
Life Support Systems Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 19a-570 to-577.

I,        Annie Banno
Address     xxx xxxxx Street, TOWN, ST #####
Telephone    ###-###-####

appoint and designate        FRIEND’S FIRST NAME-LASTNAME
Address        FRIEND’S ADDRESS
Telephone     FRIEND’S PHONE #

as my true and lawful attorney in fact/health care agent to make any health care decisions for me as authorized in this document consistent with the instructions below. I further authorize my attorney in fact to obtain any written or verbal records or information regarding my physical or mental health from any healthcare provider or any other person or entity holding such information. I hereby direct that any third party may rely upon as conclusively correct any communication (including, without limitation, written, oral or telephonic communication) from either FRIEND’S FIRST NAME-LASTNAMEor the successor attorney(s) in fact that FRIEND’S FIRST NAME-LASTNAME is unavailable to act.

If the person I designate above refuses or is not able to act for me, I designate the following persons (each to act alone and successively, in the order named):



as my health care agent(s) to make any health care decisions for me as authorized in this document consistent with the instructions below.

This designation shall become effective only when I become incapable of making and communicating my own health care decisions.

I hereby revoke any prior designation(s) and/or document(s) which I have executed prior to this date to the extent that such power of attorney authorized any attorney to make decisions concerning my medical treatment and to the extent that such prior Living Will instruction(s) authorized any statement as a testament of my wishes. This Power of Attorney and these instructions contained herein shall not be affected by my subsequent disability or incompetence.

I direct that my instructions not be altered in any way by any guardian or conservator appointed over me or any court of competent jurisdiction and that any guardian or conservator follow these instructions.


I direct my health care provider(s) and health care attorney(s) to make health care decisions consistent with my general desire for the use of medical treatment that would preserve my life, as well as for the use of medical treatment that can cure, improve, or reduce or prevent deterioration in, any physical or mental condition.

Food and water are not medical treatment, but basic necessities. I direct my health care provider(s) and health care attorney to provide me with food and fluids orally, intravenously, by tube, or by other means to the full extent necessary both to preserve my life and to assure me the optimal health possible.

I direct that medication to alleviate my pain be provided, but only to the extent the medication would not seriously threaten to shorten my life.

I direct that the following be provided:
  • the administration of medication;
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and
  • the performance of all other medical procedures, techniques, and technologies, including surgery,
-- all to the full extent necessary to correct, reverse, or alleviate life-threatening or health-impairing conditions, or complications arising from those conditions.

I also direct that I be provided basic nursing care and procedures to provide comfort care.

I reject, however, any treatments that use an unborn or newborn child, or any tissue or organ of an unborn child/fetus/embryo or newborn child who has been subject to an induced abortion or is the result of use of any abortifacient (including but not limited to birth control pills, Morning After Pills and the Abortion Pill [RU-486]), or any tissue or organ which results from “leftover embryos” created from infertility procedures. This rejection does not apply to the use of tissues or organs obtained in the course of the removal of an ectopic pregnancy.

I also reject any treatments that use an organ or tissue of another person obtained in a manner that causes, contributes to, or hastens that person's death.

The instructions in this document are intended to be followed even if suicide is alleged to be attempted at some point after it is signed.

I request and direct that medical treatment and care be provided to me to preserve my life without discrimination based on my age or physical or mental disability or the "quality" of my life. I reject any action or omission that is intended to cause or hasten my death.

I direct my health care provider(s) and health care attorney to follow the above policy, even if I am judged to be incompetent.

During the time I am incompetent, my attorney, as named above, is authorized to make medical decisions on my behalf, consistent with the above policy, after consultation with my health care provider(s), utilizing the most current diagnoses and/or prognosis of my medical condition, in the following situations with the written special conditions.
A. If I have an incurable terminal illness or injury, and I will die imminently--meaning that two out of three reasonably prudent, practicing, licensed physicians, chosen by my healthcare attorney(s) and knowledgeable about the case and the treatment possibilities with respect to the medical conditions involved, would judge that I will live only a week or less even if lifesaving treatment or care is provided to me:

B. Final Stage of Terminal Condition. If I have a terminal illness or injury, meaning an incurable or irreversible medical condition including permanent unconsciousness, and even though death is not imminent I am in the final stage of that terminal condition--meaning that two out of three reasonably prudent, practicing, licensed physicians, chosen by my healthcare attorney(s) and knowledgeable about the case and the treatment possibilities with respect to the medical conditions involved, would judge that I will live only three months or less, even if lifesaving treatment or care is provided to me:

Special Instructions for Pregnancy. If I am pregnant, I direct my health care provider(s) and health care attorney(s) to use all lifesaving procedures for myself with none of the above special conditions applying if there is a chance that prolonging my life might allow my child to be born alive. I also direct that lifesaving procedures be used even if I am legally determined to be brain dead if there is a chance that doing so might allow my child to be born alive. Except as I specify by writing my signature in the box below, no one is authorized to consent to any procedure for me that would result in the death of my
unborn child.
  • If I am pregnant, and I am not in the final stage of a terminal condition as defined above, medical procedures required to prevent my death are authorized even if they may result in the death of my unborn child provided every possible effort is made to preserve both my life and the life of my unborn child.
       (Signature of Principal)

This request is made, after careful reflection, while I am of sound mind.

Signed this _______day of _________________, __________ .

                                            Signature ______________________________
                                                                     ANNIE BANNO

                                            Address _______________________________

This document above was signed in our presence, by the above-named Annie Banno, who appeared to be eighteen years of age or older, of sound mind and able to understand the nature of the consequences of health care decisions at the time the document was signed.

_____________________                 __________________________
Signature of First Witness                                Address

_____________________                 __________________________
Signature of Second Witness                            Address

                                                 ) ss. ____________    _________
COUNTY OF FAIRFIELD     )           (CITY)                         (DATE)

          Personally appeared ANNIE BANNO, signer and sealer of the foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to be her free act and deed, before me.

                                                              Notary Public
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