End of Life Decision: Pregnant women on Life Support

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clando
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End of Life Decision: Pregnant women on Life Support

Post #1 by clando » December 23rd, 2013, 1:44 pm

Yahoo News wrote:Husband Wants Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

Erick and Marlise Munoz, both paramedics in Tarrant County, Texas, had talked a lot about end-of-life decisions, including the importance of do-not-resuscitate orders. So when doctors put her on life support after suffering a suspected pulmonary embolism last month, her husband says, he knew her wishes.

But Marlise is pregnant, and Texas state law puts the rights of a fetus over the wishes of its mother. The baby Marlise is carrying is now closer to 18 weeks, but Munoz says doctors have no idea what effects the oxygen deprivation Marlise has suffered will have if the baby is delivered.

Family lawyers have said it will be difficult to convince a Texas judge to grant an injunction or restraining order to put the mother's wishes ahead of her child.

http://gma.yahoo.com/husband-wants-pregnant-wife-off-life-support-110941256--abc-news-health.html?vp=1

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Re: End of Life Decision: Pregnant women on Life Support

Post #2 by clando » December 23rd, 2013, 1:45 pm

Very interesting ethical situation, though I believe that Texas law to put the fetus above the mother is unethical.

There is another life support story currently in the news too.

USAToday wrote:Family gets last chance to keep daughter on respirator

A family's battle to keep a 13-year-old girl on life support continues today when a judge in Oakland, Calif., is scheduled to approve a independent medical expert to determine if Jahi McMath has any chance of recovering.

Jahi underwent a tonsilectomy Dec. 9 an effort to correct sleep apnea and other issues. Three days later, citing complications from the surgery, physicians placed Jahi on a ventilator.

Days later she was declared brain dead, and it took a court order Friday to keep Children's Hospital Oakland from removing her from the breathing apparatus that is keeping her alive.

Lawyers for the hospital say two of their physicians have determined Jahi is brain-dead -- and that, at the request of Jahi's family, three doctors unaffiliated with the hospital were called in. All agreed with the tragic prognosis.

Her mother, Nailah Winkfield, says her daughter suffered massive bleeding after the surgery and went into cardiac arrest. Family members saying they are praying that divine intervention will save Jahi's life.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/23/tonsillectomy-brain-dead/4173835/

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Re: End of Life Decision: Pregnant women on Life Support

Post #3 by 7rob7 » December 23rd, 2013, 2:03 pm

… put the mother's wishes ahead of her child.

But there is no child. A fetus is a child in the same way an acorn is a deck on the back of your house.

The law has nothing to do with children and everything to do with punishing women for having sex. That is the sole reason for its existence, and any other excuse is misogynistic mendacity.

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