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What Happens When Fetal Rights Trump Women’s Human Rights

January 26, 2014

I’m breaking my hiatus to point out that this is exactly what it looks like when states value the fetus’s potential for life over the consent, expressed wishes, and bodily autonomy of women.

In her husband’s words:

Though Mr. Muñoz did not speak at the hearing, he said in court papers that it has been painful to watch his wife deteriorate from the woman he knew to what he described as a corpse being kept alive against his wishes.

“Over these past two months, nothing about my wife indicates she is alive,” he said in an affidavit.

“When I bend down to kiss her forehead, her usual scent is gone, replaced instead with what I can only describe as the smell of death. As a paramedic, I am very familiar with this smell, and I now recognize it when I kiss my wife. In addition, Marlise’s hands no longer naturally grip mine for an embrace. Her limbs have become so stiff and rigid due to her deteriorating condition that now, when I move her hands, her bones crack, and her legs are nothing more than dead weight.”

What Texas is doing to this woman, to her family, in order to forcibly use her body as an incubator for her fetus while denying her wishes about her own death – it’s stomach-turning, cruel, and utterly predictable.

Recent news in the case of Marlise Muñoz, being kept on life support against her and her family’s wishes because she happened to be pregnant: Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Woman From Life Support

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2014 1:19 pm

    I feel so badly for this family I think they have been through enough. The latest I heard on this is the hospital is trying to decide if they are going to fight the judges ruling.

  2. Mary Clancy permalink
    January 26, 2014 2:10 pm

    As tragic and gut wrenching as this is, when you die would you not want to be able to leave a new little life behind if you could? Wouldn’t your family feel that the lose they suffered from your death was at least somewhat tempered by leaving them with your new living child?
    I think it’s a most dignified and loving way to go ,why end two lives?
    God Bless this family ,woman, mother, & child.

  3. Janice Flahiff permalink
    January 26, 2014 2:17 pm

    It is going to interesting to follow who pays for hospital costs after Mr. Munoz asked that his wife be taken off life support and the hospital refused.
    My heart goes out to Mr. Monoz who acted in good faith and ethically, and his family.

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