Reproductive Rights

Hospital Removes Brain-Dead Pregnant Texas Woman From Life Support

Marlise Munoz, the brain-dead pregnant Texas woman who was kept on life support against her and her family’s wishes, was finally disconnected from life support yesterday.

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After her fetus was found to be significantly deformed and non-viable last week, the 96th District Court of Tarrant County, Texas ordered the hospital to take Munoz off of life support, and it obeyed.

According to attorneys for her family, they “will now proceed with the somber task of laying Marlise Munoz’s body to rest, and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered. May Marlise Munoz finally rest in peace, and her family find the strength to complete what has been an unbearably long and arduous journey.”

Marlise Munoz had been brain dead since November 26 after collapsing in her home because of a possible pulmonary embolism. Even though she had made it clear while alive that she never wanted to be kept on life support with no hope of recovery if anything happened to her, her hospital would not allow it because she was 14 weeks pregnant when she died.

Media Resources: RH Reality Check 1/26/14; Feminist Newswire 1/6/14, 1/24/14

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