Keep the Government of Texas Out of Marlise Munoz’s Hospital Room

January 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM 2 comments

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This happened today:

For the first time, John Peter Smith Hospital acknowledges that Marlise Munoz, who is being kept on a respirator under Texas law, has been brain dead since November 28 and that the “fetus gestating inside Mrs. Munoz is not viable,” according to court documents released before a Friday hearing.

The woman’s husband has repeatedly made these claims in his efforts to have her removed from the machines so the family can bury her.


Interesting timing. The hospital must have seen the writing on the wall because just an hour or so later, this happened:

A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.

Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family’s wishes. The judge gave the hospital until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support.


Now we wait to see if the hospital appeals, which it has a right to do.

I have a question:  No matter when Ms. Munoz is finally allowed to rest in peace, who pays the bill for the time (going on two months now) the hospital kept her alive against the wishes of her family?  The hospital better the hell eat those costs. If they have the gall to send Mr. Munoz a bill, omg, I can’t imagine.

Bottom line:  This is about religious zealots in Texas passing laws that impose their religious beliefs on everyone, like the Taliban does in Pakistan.  The Founding Fathers were right:  There must be a separation between church and state.



Entry filed under: Laws / Judiciary, Religion, Repression, Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates".

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  January 24, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    No one should be forced to exist (not live) like a voiceless mass of flesh. They have made this poor mother a human coffin and her baby into tumor. Mother and child deserve to be free. Any government that attempts to impose religious convictions is very anti-American.

  • 2. Tim Truett  |  January 25, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Gosh ~ Where’s Bill Frist, M.D. when you need him.

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