TX Judge Decides Fate of Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman
UPDATE, 5:36 p.m.: A judge has ordered a Texas hospital to remove Marlise Munoz from life support, at the family’s request and despite hospital opposition, by no later than 5 p.m. CT on Monday.
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We may soon learn the fate of a pregnant Texas woman who has become the subject of a legal battle between the hospital and her family.
Erick Munoz has sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, arguing that his wife, Marlise, should be taken off life support in accordance with her wishes.
Marlise, 33, was found unconscious at the end of November after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Texas law prohibits a hospital from removing a pregnant patient from life support. The family argues that Munoz is no longer a patient, since she's been declared brain-dead.
Munoz was 22 weeks pregnant at the time. A fetus is not considered viable until 24-26 weeks.
Casey Stegall reported this morning that the Munoz family's lawyers released a statement saying that medical records show the fetus to be "distinctly abnormal."
Pro-life activists have rallied against Mr. Munoz, while others have argued that the law is not being applied correctly.
A hearing on the case is scheduled for today at 4p ET.
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