2019 Tennessee Code
Title 68 - Health, Safety and Environmental Protection
Chapter 11 - Health Facilities and Resources
Part 18 - Tennessee Health Care Decisions Act
§ 68-11-1814. No presumptions created -- Death does not constitute suicide, euthanasia, homicide, mercy killing, or assisted suicide.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 68-11-1814 (2019)
  • (a) This part does not create a presumption concerning the intention of an individual who has not made or who has revoked an advance directive.

  • (b) Death resulting from the withholding or withdrawal of health care in accordance with this part does not for any purpose constitute a suicide or homicide or legally impair or invalidate a policy of insurance or an annuity providing a death benefit, notwithstanding any term of the policy or annuity to the contrary.

  • (c) The withholding or withdrawal of medical care from a patient in accordance with this part shall not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide, euthanasia, homicide, mercy killing, or assisted suicide.

  • (d) This part does not authorize a surrogate to give consent for, or take any action on behalf of, a patient on any matter governed by title 33.

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