Friday, January 10, 2014
As I have previously discussed, the husband of a brain-dead pregnant woman wants her taken off life support but Texas law prohibits it.
Now over a month later, Marlise Munoz remains connected to life-support machines with the fetus in its 20th week of development. Mrs. Munoz’s husband and parents just want her wishes to be honored by the state, and the hospital maintains it is simply following the law. Whether or not she should be taken off life support has generated a national debate on law, medicine, abortion, and the ethics of end-of-life care.
See Manny Fernandez & Erik Eckholm, Pregnant, and Forced to Stay on Life Support, The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2014; see also AC 360 Later, Brain-Dead Woman Forced to Live, CNN, Jan. 8, 2014; Husband Fights to Take Pregnant Wife Off Life Support, CBS, Jan. 6, 2014.
Special thanks to Rania Combs, Lewis Saret, and David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) and Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing these articles to my attention.