Kick the government out of the hospital room.
Can your living will (or the wish of your family) be ignored if you are pregnant? In many states, yes.
That is the situation 33-year-old Marlise Munoz’s family is in. After collapsing at home, she was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital where a blood clot was found in her lungs. She was declared brain dead by the hospital.
This quote from the New York Times, pretty much sums up my view of it.
“It’s not a matter of pro-choice and pro-life,” said her mother, Lynne Machado to the New York Times. “It’s about a matter of our daughter’s wishes not being honored by the state of Texas.”
Marlise Munoz’s family is unable to bury the wife and daughter they love because the hospital is simply following the law. But should it be a law?
Those supporting the decision of the hospital, according to the article, want the fetus to be considered a separate person. But it cannot. Why? It’s life is dependent on the person carrying the fetus. It requires her permission to stay there. And because she is brain dead, she cannot give permission. This doesn’t mean the government or the hospital should decide. After all, both her parents and husband agreed to remove life-sustaining measures. The family even said she didn’t want to be put on life support.
The person to make such a serious decision, whether or not there is no living will, should not be someone you have never met (i.e. the government). Even if the family’s decision was not harmonious, a one-law-fits-all is incapable of dealing with painful situations like this.
Articles in the Dallas Morning News and Star-Telegram, say there are conflicts regarding the law that requires the hospital to keep her on life support. There are no life-sustaining treatments for her, because she is legally dead according to Texas Law. Neither her parents nor her husband want her on life support. And they more than likely know Munoz better than anyone else.
That’s all I need to know. There is nothing complicated about this particular case except that the government only cares about the “rights” of the fetus and not those of the woman and her family.
Keeping a dead person on life-support against family wishes is just cruel and tasteless. Because when it comes down to it, my opinion doesn’t matter and neither does yours. Respect the woman and her family’s wishes.