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Hospital May Not Appeal Husbandís Bid to Cut Pregnant Wife From Life Support, Kill His Unborn Child
Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 01/26/2014 7:04:32 PM PST by Morgana

A Texas hospital may not appeal a judge’s decision late Friday to allow a husband’s bid to remove his “brain dead” pregnant wife from life support, an action that would end the life of his own unborn child.

Marlise Munoz collapsed in her home last November from an apparent blood clot in her lungs when she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her husband and other family members have asked the John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth to remove Marlise from life support after they were told she was “brain dead.” Ending life support would also end her unborn baby’s life.

munoz2So far John Peter Smith Hospital officials have refused to follow the family’s request, citing a Texas law that prohibits hospitals from removing life support from pregnant women.

Erick Munoz, who says a doctor has told him his wife is brain dead, has filed a lawsuit against JPS Health Network. But, the judge in the case sided with the state law and hospital.

The judge ordered the hospital to remove life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

Hospital officials met yesterday to consider an appeal but reached no decision:

Officials from John Peter Smith Hospital and the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, which is representing the county-owned hospital, met to discuss Judge R. H. Wallace Jr.’s order regarding Marlise Munoz, hospital spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said. She declined to say whether a possible appeal was being discussed, but said an announcement wouldn’t come Saturday.

Both the hospital and family agree that Marlise Munoz meets the criteria to be considered brain-dead — which means she is dead both medically and under Texas law — and that her fetus could not be born alive this early in pregnancy. But the hospital says it’s obligated to protect the fetus, while Munoz’s husband, Erick Munoz, says his wife wouldn’t have wanted to be kept in this condition. His attorneys have said medical records show the fetus is “distinctly abnormal.”

Wallace sided with Erick Munoz on Friday and gave the Fort Worth hospital until 5 p.m. Monday to take Marlise Munoz off life support. She was 14 weeks pregnant with their second child when her husband found her unconscious Nov. 26, possibly due to a blood clot.

Hospital officials have said they were bound by the Texas Advance Directives Act, which prohibits withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient. But in his brief ruling, Wallace said that “Mrs. Munoz is dead,” meaning that the hospital was misapplying the law. The ruling did not mention the fetus.

The hospital has not pronounced her dead and has continued to treat her over the objections of both Erick Munoz and her parents, who sat together in court Friday.

Larry Thompson, a state’s attorney representing the public hospital, told the judge Friday that the hospital recognized the Munoz family’s pain and rights, but said it had a greater legal responsibility to protect the fetus.

“There is a life involved, and the life is the unborn child,” Thompson said.

The hospital said in a statement that it “appreciates the potential impact of the consequences of the order on all parties involved” and was deciding whether to appeal.

The designation of “brain death” is a controversial one and presents moral and ethical issues, especially when the life of a baby is involved. There are many cases where babies have survived after the mothers have experienced similar situations to that of Marlise Munoz. There is a very strong possibility that Marlise’s baby could survive, given a little more time.

“We feel great compassion for the family of Marlise Munoz and her pre-born baby. No one ever wants to be in their difficult and tragic situation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Marlise wanted this baby, and as long as there is a chance that he or she can be saved, we support John Peter Smith Hospital in their bid to follow the law and protect this baby’s life.”

“The public has been given the erroneous impression that Marlise is a dead and decaying corpse. This assumption is completely false. Marlise’s heart continues to beat and she continues to nourish her pre-born baby. A rotting corpse cannot do that,” said Newman. “As for the baby, we have information that diagnostic tests have not been done on the baby to support allegations that there are developmental anomalies, but even if the baby does have health issues, that baby still does not deserve to be killed.”

Newman added after the ruling:

We are appalled by Judge Wallace’s order to terminate life support for Marlise Munoz and her baby. The order is the equivalent of signing a death sentence for Baby Munoz. We utterly reject the false notion that Marlise’s body is a rotting corpse, which is impossible since a decaying body cannot support the life of a baby for weeks, as Marlise has.

Killing people because they are disabled is wrong, and dangerously devalues all life. We condemn in the strongest terms this order to fatally discriminate against this disabled mother and her baby, especially in light of the fact that there are people standing by to adopt the baby knowing that the child will have special needs.

Even if the Munoz baby has suffered disabilities due to Marlise’s condition, numerous people have expressed an interest in adopting the Munoz baby regardless of whether he or she has special needs.

Abortion groups like NARAL have coldly sided with Marlise’s husband in calling on the hospital to kill Marlise and her baby.

“Some people want to decide who lives and who dies based on their personal criteria. If that was allowed, none of our lives would be safe. We simply cannot murder sick or inconvenient people just because we don’t want the hassle of caring for them. That is a dangerous road that will only end up unjustly depriving vast numbers of people of their right to life, just as we have seen with the issue of abortion,” said Newman.

Writing at LifeNews, Calvin Frieberger says abortion activists are upset.

As Newsbusters’ Katie Yoder documents, pro-aborts far and wide are seething with rage over this. But curiously, that’s despite the fact that almost none of their token justifications are present. Delivery will no longer affect Marlise’s well-being, and as Cox points out, whatever end-of-life wishes she had told Erick almost certainly didn’t account for the remote possibility that ending her life would also end her son or daughter’s, in what is presumably a desired pregnancy.

That means a man is presuming to make a woman’s reproductive decision for her—with the full backing of the supposed “reproductive rights” champions. Apparently the outcome of a dead baby is all that matters.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: hospital; munoz; prolife; texas

1 posted on 01/26/2014 7:04:32 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Didn’t this already happen?


2 posted on 01/26/2014 7:06:06 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

Yeah, it did.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 7:09:37 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: Morgana

Evil bastard.


4 posted on 01/26/2014 7:13:03 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: bigdaddy45

The attorneys disagree on the condition of the pre-born infant. The doctor told the father one thing, and then Newton says that no tests have been done supporting any anomalies in the baby. And even so, has a right to life regardless.

I am surprised that definitive tests might have been lacking, before a judge declares death by suffocation on the pre-born.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 7:21:59 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Morgana

They pollute by turning people to oils instead of oils into people


6 posted on 01/26/2014 7:40:35 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: RitaOK

Numerous couples wanted to adopt the child despite any possible health issues.


7 posted on 01/26/2014 7:48:03 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: Morgana

Or maybe they are just letting God’s will be done.


8 posted on 01/26/2014 7:53:34 PM PST by Happy_Regicide
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To: Morgana

I can not understand why this man would not want his own child.


9 posted on 01/26/2014 8:01:05 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Politicalkiddo

Couples willing to adopt, unconditionally. It’s amazing the goodness of so many.

The information is so sketchy on this case, I just can’t imagine a judge even beginning to conclude on a sketch, in favor of death for the pre-born. Very sad.


10 posted on 01/26/2014 8:05:22 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK

This is not a GWB judge, surprise, but a Rick Perry judge!


11 posted on 01/26/2014 8:15:59 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Morgana

Did Wendy Davis hold a celebration when the machine was shut off? It is in Fort Worth, isn’t it?


12 posted on 01/26/2014 8:17:07 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.

Now that’s a jolt.

How the judge dismissed this law binding the hospital to save a life, because the host was declared dead, I’m sure I don’t know. This says there are no rights in Texas for preborns.


13 posted on 01/26/2014 8:22:11 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Morgana

Day late dollar short... This has already happened. The family has claimed the body


14 posted on 01/26/2014 8:50:15 PM PST by Nifster
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To: freekitty

I can not understand why this man would not want his own child.
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maybe the child isn’t his ?

both him and his family didn’t want anything to do with the baby or the momma.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 10:05:53 PM PST by catroina54
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To: Morgana

I’ve got to ask. Do they have insurance or are they riding on the tax-payers of Tarrant County?


16 posted on 01/27/2014 12:38:20 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: catroina54

Didn’t know that.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 1:58:49 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: catroina54

Why is the wife brain dead or even in the hospital in the first place?


18 posted on 01/27/2014 2:01:08 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
“Why is the wife brain dead or even in the hospital in the first place?”

Pulmonary embolus, blood clot to the lungs, during 14th week of pregnancy.

19 posted on 01/27/2014 2:27:24 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Morgana

I miss the old days of the English language when “may” and “might” meant two very different things.

I interpreted the headline to mean “the hospital is prohibited from appealing the decision”.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 4:55:19 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Sad. I still don’t understand why this man or his family would not want his child. I would think 23 weeks could be viable.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 6:06:19 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: fella

“I’ve got to ask. Do they have insurance or are they riding on the tax-payers of Tarrant County?”

I’ve got to ask, why have you “got to ask”? Have you seen anything to suggest that they don’t have insurance?


22 posted on 01/27/2014 7:25:36 AM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Nifster

I just get the news as LifeNews.com gets it...I posted the rest just now...


23 posted on 01/27/2014 8:12:26 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

perhaps you need additional news sources


24 posted on 01/27/2014 9:21:00 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Does he have life insurance on the wife? Likely, if both worked for government entities, which many paramedics do.


25 posted on 01/27/2014 9:55:34 AM PST by Theodore R.
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