Texas Keeps Pregnant Woman on Life Support Against Family's Wishes
A pregnant Texas woman, who has been declared brain dead, is being kept alive against the wishes of her family.
Marlise Munoz suffered an apparent pulmonary embolism last month while 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. The family decided they did not want her to remain on life support, with her husband saying that it would be contrary to his wife's wishes.
Though the fetus has a heartbeat, doctors said they would need six weeks before they could perform tests to see whether the fetus is still viable.
It's unclear how much damage was done to the fetus when Munoz collapsed in her home and stopped breathing.
As Molly Henneberg reported on Happening Now, the case is raising legal questions about the government stepping into a family's private medical decision, while also renewing debate about the rights of an unborn child.
The brother of Terri Schiavo, Bobby Schindler, sides with the state on this issue, saying the benefit of the doubt should go to the unborn child.
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