Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Texas Woman From Life Support

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Clara Ritger
Jan. 24, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

A preg­nant wo­man on life sup­port in Texas must be taken off by 5 p.m. CST Monday, a judge has ordered.

Marl­ise Mun­oz has been on life sup­port ever since her hus­band found her un­con­scious on Nov. 26, when she was 14 weeks preg­nant.

Now be­lieved to be at 22 weeks, the fetus has been pro­tec­ted in its moth­er’s body due to a Texas law which John Peter Smith Hos­pit­al in Fort Worth says pro­hib­its with­draw­al of life-sus­tain­ing treat­ment from a preg­nant pa­tient.

Er­ick Mun­oz, Marl­ise’s hus­band, has said they dis­cussed not want­ing life sup­port, but the hos­pit­al says it is ob­lig­ated by law to pro­tect the un­born child.

Judge R.H. Wal­lace Jr. is­sued the rul­ing late Fri­day after a hear­ing about wheth­er Mun­oz was leg­ally dead, and wheth­er she and the baby should be kept on the ma­chines. The hos­pit­al is ex­pec­ted to re­lease a state­ment fol­low­ing the rul­ing.

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