2006 New Hampshire Statutes - Section 137-H:1 Purpose and Policy.


    The state of New Hampshire recognizes that a person has a right, founded in the autonomy and sanctity of the person, to control the decisions relating to the rendering of his own medical care. In order that the rights of persons may be respected even after they are no longer able to participate actively in decisions about themselves, and to encourage communication between patients and their physicians, the legislature hereby declares that the laws of this state shall recognize the right of a competent person to make a written declaration instructing his physician to provide, withhold, or withdraw life-sustaining procedures in the event such person is in a terminal condition or is permanently unconscious.

Source. 1985, 157:1. 1991, 239:2, eff. June 10, 1991.

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