Judge orders Texas hospital to remove life support from pregnant, brain-dead woman

  • Article by: NOMAAN MERCHANT , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 24, 2014 - 9:35 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas — 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.

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tooty123Jan. 24, 14 1:19 AM

Let the family decide with their doctors about continuing with the life support. How can a court decide what is best for the family at this critical time. Let them have some peace.

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gemie1Jan. 24, 1410:34 AM

The issue is that the hospital and some of the doctors disagree on ideology then what is best for the woman and the fetus. When a fetus is half way through the 2nd trimester, and there is a strong probability that there will be disabilities, is this a reason to terminate life support and the growing fetus? I am pro-choice, but since the woman has said that she does not want to be kept alive in these conditions, but never stated what she would want for a fetus, then how does the court rule? She would not be kept a live passed the third trimester, but a child with severe disabilities and will be born? Even within 6 weeks, the fetus will be viable outside the mother's womb. I am pro-choice, because until I walk in every woman's shoes, then I have no right to tell another woman what she can do or not do, but these circumstances make me feel uncomfortable. Do we terminate a fetus when the mother cannot give consent? Do we then say it is okay to end the fetus because it will be born with disabilities? I understand the constitutional right to privacy and especially with one's doctor, but this case has a lot of moral and ethical questions and either way the courts rule, it makes me feel uncomfortable.

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lindaspyJan. 24, 1411:38 AM

The problem I see is that everyone can have their own opinion on what they would do but that doesn't matter. What matters is what this mother wished for herself and her baby. She already made that choice and her husband supports her choice. She most certainly would not have wanted her child to be attached to machines for its life either. Thoughts and prayers sent to this family! The government has no place in this!

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mn2niceJan. 24, 1412:06 PM

gemie1, I understand your comments here, but I would like to say this fetus may have suffered prolonged anoxic (loss of oxygen delivery to the brain) brain injury due to the mother's stroke (blood clot in the brain) from the time of her collapse to the time of discovery by her husband. We don't know how long this was. Perhaps minutes to hours. Such injuries at such time of gestation (14 weeks according to the story) could result in an infant being delivered which has very significant brain injury. That, coupled with the significant physical deformities noted in this and other stories on this case, would likely result in a child who would potentially be in need of lifelong institutionalized care. That is if it survived to delivery. Would that be the humane thing to do.

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eibud22423Jan. 24, 1412:50 PM

Another halfassed law passed by a conservative pro life Texas legislature. Reason ought to prevail and the fathers wishes followed. Curiosity question - who is paying the bills?

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