An appalling and unconstitutional decision…

I am deeply saddened to share the news that earlier today a judge denied the injunction sought on behalf of Tinslee Lewis. Absent a reversal of this decision by an appellate court, this move clears the way for Cook’s Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth to end treatment and cause little Tinslee’s death.

The family has already indicated that they will file an emergency appeal to prevent this outcome, but the ruling is another blow to this beset family, this beautiful little girl, and, indeed, to the sanctity and respect for life itself in Texas.

Governor Abbott and I are committed to support baby Tinslee’s family as they seek immediate review of this decision.  We are working diligently to do all we can to assure that Tinslee and her family are provided the care and support they seek.

As reported a short time ago in The Texan

“I am heartbroken over today’s decision because the judge basically said Tinslee’s life is not worth living,” Tinslee’s mother, Trinity, said following today’s ruling according to Texas Right to Life, a pro-life advocacy organization working with the Lewis family.

“I feel frustrated because anyone in that courtroom would want more time just like I do if Tinslee were their baby. I hope that we can keep fighting through an appeal to protect Tinslee. She deserves the right to live,” Trinity continued.


As the Attorney General of Texas, I am appalled by this decision and by the cheapening of life that the Texas Advance Direct Act represents.

Along side Governor Abbott, we are prepared to fight to see that due process and the right to life are fully respected by Texas law.  We are fully prepared to continue our support of baby Tinslee and her family all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, if necessary.

I encourage every Texan to share this story, talk about this case and this unconstitutional law with your congregation, family, and friends, and, most of all, to contact your legislators to demand its repeal.