On November 26, Erick Munoz woke to the sound of his 14-month-old son crying and found his pregnant wife, Marlise, lying on the kitchen floor, blue in the face and without a pulse. When they arrived at the John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) in Fort Worth, Texas, he thought he would have to make an agonizing decision: refuse life support even though that meant losing both his wife and his future child.
Fetal hemoglobin is structured differently than “normal” hemoglobin in order for it to have a higher affinity for oxygen. This means the fetus’ blood will receive O2 with higher affinity than the mother’s blood. There is simply no way that fetus will survive to be a healthy and normal baby- this is almost definite, even not knowing for how long she was unconscious.
This woman’s husband, mother, and father all want her off life support. Her wishes and her family’s wishes should be honored.This violates the woman’s medical proxy/living will as well as her privacy. If she has rights under Roe then her proxy also must have those rights.
I absolutely can’t wait for this child to be born. I can’t wait to see the reaction of this so-called ‘father’ when he is handed a healthy little boy or girl. There is NO WAY that this man wouldn’t want his child protected if he truly loved his wife. He is simply trying to avoid the expense of keeping his wife on life support and the responsibility of caring for another child. Pulling the plug on his wife while his son or daughter is living and growing inside of her is ABORTION. He is literally fighting to abort his child, a living extension of his wife and the final representation of their union. WHY?? How does this make sense to ANYONE with a conscience?
Let me be clear, he should be able to remove his wife from life support if that was her wish once the resulting death ONLY affects her. And he still can once his child is safely delivered. I have yet to see anyone claim that her wishes included killing her child if pregnant. I cannot imagine that she would have wanted her child to die along with her. And why the rush?? She is not suffering because she is UNCONSCIOUS. Isn’t that what all of the pro-choice advocates constantly hold up as a reason that killing unborn children is acceptable – because they are UNCONSCIOUS? The hypocrisy is overwhelming.
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