Man Sues to Take Pregnant Wife Off Life Support
Marlise Munoz is brain-dead; health of fetus is unknown
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 1:04 PM CST
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(Newser) – Erick Munoz, whose pregnant wife is brain-dead but being kept on life support against her and her family's wishes, is suing John Peter Smith Hospital in Texas. The lawsuit asks that a judge order the Fort Worth facility to remove life support for Marlise Munoz; the hospital has refused to do so because, it says, a state law bars it from denying life-saving treatment to pregnant patients. But experts say that law does not apply since Munoz is considered legally and medically dead. Click for more on her situation.

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FarmerMichael
Jan 15, 2014 11:39 AM CST
God bless Texas...longest list of death row folks and now this. Who is the patient? Who was on the insurance? Most fetuses don't make the insurance policy until birth. So I guess the hospital is the new "parent" to this fetus. Since the fetus in this case was 14 weeks old at the time its mother was declared brain dead, that is far from the ability for the fetus to survive in a situation where it would have to stay in the hospital for months of intense care. So how many poor kids will die because we spend all the assets needed to keep one non-viable life alive? Lousy choice, but in a society, we need to be a little more real in our choices. And Texas, your child care numbers for the living children are horrible.
Observer
Jan 14, 2014 10:16 PM CST
Once again Texas political leadership proves how pathetic and stupid they are. And by the way every major elected Texas official is Republican. It is an embarrassment. Pull the plug.
julianpenrod
Jan 14, 2014 6:04 PM CST
The fetus is alive, at least it hasn't been declared brain dead. The hospital is certainly keeping the baby alive. And, don't forget, the fetus did not have the opportunity to declare if they wished to be killed if their mother was declared dead. If someone knew the location of important medicine but committed a capital crime, how many would argue necessarily to execute them? If the person who knew the location of the medicine wanted to commit suicide, would the government be required to assist them? How ghoulishly quickly so many would sentence the baby to death not knowing if it would be normal or not.