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Texas Family Could Go To Court To End Woman’s Life

Texas Family Could Go To Court To End Woman’s Life

Last week we told you about a Fort Worth family that wants to take a pregnant mother off of life support but can’t because of Texas law.

Marlise Munoz will stay on life support for two more weeks until doctors can determine if her baby can be carried to term. Her husband Erick told a Dallas TV station it's too much for him to watch.

“You reach the point where you wish your wife’s body would stop,” Munoz said.

Munoz and her husband are both paramedics, and Erick says he disagrees with the Texas law.

“What kind of life is this baby going to have? I don’t agree with this law. I just don’t,” he said.

KTRH legal analyst Chris Tritico says the only way the Munoz family can take her off of life support is to go to court.

“The question is does the right of an unborn fetus override the wishes of the mother. That’s the issue for the Texas Supreme Court and maybe even the United States Supreme Court,” Tritico said. “They’re going to have to go to State District Court first to get an injunction preventing the hospital from keeping her on life support.”

Tritico says the family could also wind up in court over the hospital bill, which is going up by the day.

“I can see another round of litigation with the family saying they didn’t pass the law, so they shouldn’t have to pay,” Tritico said.

Some think this is Texas' Terri Schaivo case, but Tritico says it's not.

“Terri Schaivo’s case was the husband against her parents. This is the patient’s wishes over the rights of an unborn fetus protected by Texas statute,” Tritico explained.

 

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