The Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) allows hospitals, not patients or family members to decide when to withdraw life-sustaining care from patients if doctors deem continued care to be futile. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) last year showed strong support for the measure: "Human intervention that would deliberately cause, hasten or unnecessarily prolong the patient's death violates the dignity of the human person. ... TCCB strongly supports §166.046 as indispensable for ensuring dignity at end of life."
In other words, providing such basics as food, water and oxygen to someone would prolong their life, which they surmise would not be merciful. This was exactly the argument Alder Hey hospital used to kill Alfie Evans against the plea of his parents.
Pope St. John Paul II strongly opposed this mentality and practice. In his 2004 address on "life-sustaining treatments and vegetative state," John Paul II taught that food and water must always be offered even when it's artificially provided. "The sick person in a vegetative state, awaiting recovery or a natural end," said the Pope, "still has the right to basic health care (nutrition, hydration, cleanliness, warmth, etc.)." He added, "Death by starvation or dehydration is ... euthanasia by omission."
The Culture of Death isn't being staunchly attacked in Texas because social justice bishops are instead attacking the very groups who are fighting for life from womb to tomb such as the Texas Right to Life. Earlier this year Texas bishops issued a parish advisory attacking the oldest and largest pro-life group in Texas.
Watch the panel discuss Catholic support of social justice politicians in The Download—TX Bishops the Culture of Death.