January 10, 2014 by gabnormal
If you thought women had no rights, think again.
It seems pregnant women have even less than those who aren’t in utero.
The Texas case of 33-year-old Marlise Munoz, who has been diagnosed as brain-dead due to lack of oxygen caused by a blood clot in her lungs, is being held on life-support against the wishes she stated in her living will and against the wishes of her family.
Different sources state that the hospital is wrongly interpreting the law, however that does not change the fact that Munoz has been turned into a human incubator, incapable of functioning on her own and only being kept alive to carry her baby – 14 weeks at the time of Munoz’s diagnosis – to full term.
Not only have Munoz’s rights been violated, but added stress and strain will be added to her family if the child does make it to full term. Not many are addressing the fact that due to an extreme lack of oxygen it’s quite possible for the baby to have severe disabilities that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
Cases like these are exceedingly rare, and prove that laws which invalidate a woman’s advance directives (i.e. living will) truly are a symbolic gesture aimed to please anti-choice groups and lawmakers.
In the meantime, it’s Munoz’s family who continues to suffer, as they are unable to begin the grieving process that should have started weeks ago.