(755 ILCS 35/1)
(from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 701)
The legislature finds that persons have the fundamental
right to control the decisions relating to the rendering of their own medical
care, including the decision to have death delaying procedures withheld
or withdrawn in instances of a terminal condition.
In order that the rights of patients may be respected even after they are
no longer able to participate actively in decisions about themselves, the
legislature hereby declares that the laws of this State shall recognize
the right of a person to make a written declaration instructing his or her
physician to withhold or withdraw death delaying procedures in the event
of a terminal condition.
(Source: P.A. 85-860.)