Hospital Pulls Life Support for Brain-Dead Woman
It had til 5pm tomorrow to end care for Marlise Munoz or appeal
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2014 12:17 PM CST
Updated Jan 26, 2014 12:57 PM CST
Erick Munoz leaves court after a judge's ruling in his wife's life or death case at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

(Newser) – The Texas hospital that has kept a brain-dead pregnant woman alive against her family's wishes has complied with Friday's court ruling to end life support for Marlise Munoz, lawyers for her family confirm. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth said earlier today in a statement that its role is "not to make nor contest law but to follow it," reports the AP. The hospital had until 5pm tomorrow to comply or file an appeal, notes the Star-Telegram. Munoz, who is 23 weeks pregnant with a "distinctly abnormal" fetus, has been hospitalized and on life support since before Thanksgiving.

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Heidi Roller-Carpenter
Jan 28, 2014 3:04 AM CST
I believe it's a shame what happened. People find it easy to use terms that distance them from the reality that a "fetus" is a living being and is therefore a baby. You may have some technical definitions that say otherwise, but the truth is that "fetus" was a baby. I doubt that people who were fighting to keep the woman on life support expected a completely healthy baby given the facts. But just because it's abnormal, does that mean the child dosen't deserve the right to life, no matter how short that is. There was no denying that the mother was dead, we just wanted the baby to have a chance to live. The hospital did right, and i wish they would have won at court.
thewhiterider
Jan 27, 2014 12:46 AM CST
Good. Families should have the right to make their own decisions regarding their health and treatment. This should include the right to forgo treatment/life support if they don't want it. The hospital had no right to deny the family their wishes.
Cat-Lover
Jan 26, 2014 7:33 PM CST
This is another example of rightwing anti-woman's rights acts and Texas is in the lead. Texas is so hung up on this issue that they left dubious the intent of a law to let the dead die. The scariest part of this is what I call, "The Frankenstein element." By attempting to keep a dead woman alive in order to have her reproduce logically leads to implanting a cadaver with fertilized eggs and using the cadaver as an incubator. Sort "Soylent Green," but for creating life not food.