Attorneys: Brain Dead Woman’s Fetus Is ‘Distinctly Abnormal’

Marlise Munoz has been kept alive against her family's wishes.

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A fetus being carried by a brain dead Texas woman against her family’s wishes is so “distinctly abnormal” that the sex cannot even be determined, her husband’s attorneys said Wednesday.

Marlise Munoz, 33, suffered a pulmonary embolism in late November and doctors say she has no brain activity. Although Erick Munoz says his wife wanted to be pulled from life support in the event of brain death, doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth refused to do so after finding out that the unconscious woman was 14 weeks pregnant. Doctors cited a Texas law mandating pregnant women stay on life support until their fetus is viable, typically at 24 to 26 weeks.

But now Erick Munoz’s attorneys, who will go to court Friday to challenge the constitutionality of this law, are questioning if the 22-week old fetus would be viable even if it did come to term.

“Even at this early stage, the lower extremities are deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined,” said attorneys Heather King and Jessica Hall Janicek in a statement. Gender can typically be determined between 18 and 20 weeks.

The lawyers also said the unborn fetus has fluid buildup inside the skull and possible heart problems. “Quite sadly, this information is not surprising due to the fact that the fetus, after being deprived of oxygen for an indeterminate length of time, is gestating within a dead and deteriorating body, as a horrified family looks on in absolute anguish, distress and sadness,” said the statement.

The Tarrant County DA’s office, representing the hospital, declined to comment to the AP.

[AP]

27 comments
john_rambo
john_rambo

Some "doctor" is cleaning up on this farce. Probably Medicare.

Channah
Channah

This is very old news---the turned her off awhile back.

ScallywagNYC
ScallywagNYC

The debate as to whether to turn off the switch off or not although dealing with the right to life of an unborn child inherently has more to do with the state’s ability to intervene in matters that many argue ought to be personal and beyond the reach of the state. Unless of course it conveniently serves one's idealogical position ......


The state always knows better than you what's better for you. Or does it ?


http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/01/marlise-munoz-deceased-texas-mother-forced-say-life-support-likely-stillborn/



SueEverson
SueEverson

NO! This baby must be born!. After the child is born then we can dismiss the family and revile them if they ask for public help. That's Texas for you.

Bilosopher
Bilosopher

Is there no common sense in Texas? Good Grief!!

IceToes
IceToes

I hope they finally let this woman and the unborn fetus go. Even if the state successfully forced this dead woman to continue this pregnancy, none of those pro-life wingnuts would step up to help this poor father care for the severely deformed child (if it survived). That's the story; prevent even dead women from controlling their bodies, but refuse support for the kids born of your misguided woman-hating laws.

Rototime
Rototime

This has been allowed to go on because of religious crap in Texas that wants to save every sole. The religious and they alone should pay for this! It's extremely cruel to the family.

nancy1
nancy1

Is this the new FACE of socialized medicine in America? KILL the living "early" and keep the DEAD living???? Sounds about right everything is BASSACKWARDS now.

Woody_Brown
Woody_Brown

Good lord, this just reeks to high heaven of the most contrived inhumanity.  It is simply unChristian and immoral to artificially ventilate the long dead corpse of a woman in a rogue, unGodly and purely divisive attempt to transform that carcass into a ghoulish incubator.  Let the woman rest in peace...give her that ounce of respect.

Set free that poor deformed creature within her.  Human life is not a pro-life experiment.  Simply to prove the extremities of a debatable point? come-on...it's the stuff of mad scientists and Doctor Mengele.

This is not your test case.  Release that poor husband from the shackles of this inexhaustible suffering, anguish and Inquisition-like burden--let him grieve.  Have mercy...for pity's sake--have mercy.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Happens to be a catholic hospital .

ravenscroft.ley
ravenscroft.ley

The incredibly cruelty of this whole case is beyond belief. To put a family through this is so wrong.

Texas needs to change this law.

TallusRip
TallusRip

Gender can actually be confirmed at 16 weeks.  If you can't do it at 22 weeks...  I hope Texas learns not to do this sh*t again later.  This woman should've never been put on support in the first place.

vetramon
vetramon

@Rototime If this continuous with the corpse and finally the baby is extracted from the dead mother and the baby is totally incapacitated, abnormal, then the bloody Christians from Texas have to take care this baby for his or her whole life, period.

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

@nancy1 Yeah nothing backwards like forcing a corpse to artificially incubate a baby even after the mother stipulated to have the plug pulled if she didn't make it.. No unethical implications there.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@nancy1 

No, nancy.  You can thank Texas politicians and their penchant for government-forced pregnancy for this.

anne10
anne10

Give it a rest, Nancy.  And read up on 'socialized' medicine.

anne10
anne10

And your point is-----?  The subject at hand is a Texas law--not a religious one.

Hazel_Motes
Hazel_Motes

No, they won't, because at the moment of "birth," the baby will become a welfare mooch, and its care will be the responsibility of the family.  "Pro-life" in this case only kicks in with regard to non-viable fetuses and dead people.

Woody_Brown
Woody_Brown

@anne10 

How obtuse.  What see no evil denial.  More than any other sovereign, excepting perhaps Iran, Texas state law is based on religious interpretations...specifically, 'good Christian living'.

vetramon
vetramon

@Hazel_Motes I just want to correct you on one thing: It is not birth, it is extraction. Birth is the natural interaction of the nature of the mother, plus the mechanical movement of the mother, when the time is the right one.

anne10
anne10

Woody, it's still a state law---and it can be changed by the state regardless of religious opposition.  And it wouldn't hurt you to practice a little 'good Christian living' and cut the sarcasm.

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