On November 26 of last year, Erick Munoz found his pregnant wife, Marlise, collapsed on their living room floor. Since then she’s been declared brain dead, a condition that if she ever experienced she had told her husband she did not want to be kept on life support. Unfortunately, they had not signed the proper paperwork declaring her wishes.
At the time of her collapse, she was 14 weeks pregnant.
Well, Texas law states “you cannot withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant patient.”
So even though the woman’s parents and husband want her taken off of life support – the State of Texas won’t allow it.
Tell me again about that “small government conservatism?”
Well, even more disturbing details have emerged as the lawyer for the family has come out and said doctors have informed them that the fetus has several major issues, with him calling the fetus “distinctly abnormal.”
According to comments released by the lawyers for the family, the lower extremities are distinctly deformed to such an extent that the sex of the fetus cannot even be determined, there have been abnormalities in the heartbeat and it’s apparently suffering from hydrocephalus which is excess fluid in the brain.
Being that no one can determine how long the fetus went without oxygen after Ms. Munoz collapsed, extreme complications really aren’t that shocking. Especially when you consider this fetus was probably deprived from oxygen for quite a while and is now being kept “alive” inside its mothers dead body by machines.
It’s that “small government” here in Texas at work. But isn’t this a great example of how conservatives view women? Her parents want her taken off life support, her husband wants her taken off life support and by all accounts she didn’t want to be kept alive on machines. But she was pregnant, therefore she’s nothing more than an incubation machine for the fetus. A fetus that by all accounts is disfigured and extremely abnormal.
The husband has filed an emergency motion with the court against John Peter Smith Hospital that he hopes will allow him to remove his wife from the machines artificially keeping her alive.
I can’t even imagine what this family must be going through. Just thinking about it makes me sick to my stomach. The nerve for conservatives to actually refer to themselves as the party for “small government” is an absolute joke. Liberals support the rights of this family and her husband to decide for themselves what to do with their brain dead daughter and wife. Yet conservatives want the government to decide for them because she happened to have been pregnant at the time of her death.
I just hope that the family finally gets what they’ve been wanting for months, to be able to properly bury their daughter and move on from this horrible nightmare the “small government conservatives” running the state of Texas have put them through.
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