Quotes from the mother and father of a 33-year-old woman who is 14 weeks pregnant in Texas, where the statutory law bars doctors from withdrawing life support from a pregnant patient.
“If she is dead, I don’t see how she can be a patient, and I don’t see how we can be talking about treatment options for her,” said Thomas W. Mayo, an expert on health care law and bioethics at the Southern Methodist University law school in Dallas....If the ethicists are going to make the "if she is dead" move, why don't they say "if she is dead, I don't see how we can be talking about her rights"? I can't tell how clearly the unfortunate woman made her desire to be allowed to die known. Did she specify that she would not want to be kept alive if an unborn child depended on her body? The family wants to let her go, and it seems that part of the concern is that the woman "might have gone an hour or longer without breathing before her husband woke and discovered her, a situation he believes has seriously impaired the fetus."
Critics of the hospital’s actions also note that the fetus has not reached the point of viability outside the womb and that Ms. Munoz would have a constitutional right to an abortion.
The top-rated comment at the link (to the NYT) is:
Nice, Texas! Make this man have this baby, probably he'll have to give up his job in order to take care of it, and then I imagine you will refuse to help the family in any way financially and call them "takers"..Second highest-rated is:
Did Margaret Atwood write this piece? Is this not some dystopian fiction? A brain dead woman kept alive for a fetus, with medical decision-making preempted by the state.