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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Then please clarify yourself. What does it can be both mean?
    You do not have to be alive, especially legally, to be on life-sustaining equipment. As you can clearly see, she is legally dead and on life-sustaining equipment. There is no debate to be had on that, it is fact.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    You do not have to be alive, especially legally, to be on life-sustaining equipment. As you can clearly see, she is legally dead and on life-sustaining equipment. There is no debate to be had on that, it is fact.
    So in post #772...you are arguing that the life-sustaining equipment trumps the fact she is dead and that the law should apply?
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    So in post #772...you are arguing that the life-sustaining equipment trumps the fact she is dead and that the law should apply?
    According to the law, in Texas, a pregnant woman on life-sustaining equipment cannot be taken off that equipment. I certainly would agree that the writers of this law may have meant comatose, for example, pregnant women. I have no idea though.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    According to the law, in Texas, a pregnant woman on life-sustaining equipment cannot be taken off that equipment. I certainly would agree that the writers of this law may have meant comatose, for example, pregnant women. I have no idea though.
    Are your referring to the Texas Advance Directives Act?
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Are your referring to the Texas Advance Directives Act?
    Sec. 166.049.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    According to Forth Worth's Star-Telegram:

    Attorneys for the family of a pregnant Haltom City woman who has been on life support at John Peter Smith Hospital for eight weeks issued a statement late Wednesday that the fetus is “distinctly abnormal.”

    The 22-week-old fetus’s lower extremities are deformed and it is impossible to determine its gender, the attorneys for the woman’s husband, Erick Muñoz, said in an emailed statement.

    “The fetus suffers from hydrocephalus [water on the brain]. It also appears that there are further abnormalities, including a possible heart problem, that cannot be specifically determined due to the immobile nature of Mrs. Muñoz’s deceased body,” the statement said.

    Fetus in Muñoz case is “distinctly abnormal,” attorneys say | Fort Wort...

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    She is on life-sustaining medical equipment.
    She is not alive.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Lots of people in this world have challenges in their lives, some severely physical and some severely mental. I don't consider them any less valuable to society or humanity than those with few or no obvious challenges. I don't make such value judgements between life and money. As many on the abortion threads will tell you, there's no such thing as a guaranteed, easy, safe, or uncomplicated pregnancy from the start - there are always risks. This woman and her husband chose to add to their family with another child - the woman carried the child for 14 weeks and I've seen no information or claims that she didn't want the child or intended to abort the child. As such, there was always a risk that their child might be born with challenges and I would hope that any person who starts on the road to creating life would also be prepared to support and respect that life, regardless of challenges it may face.

    Perhaps you believe that parents should only be personally responsible for "perfect" children, the rest being disposable or the responsibility of the state. I don't.
    People can chose to abort perfectly healthy pregnancies at 14 weeks and beyond.

    No reason a dead woman should have to carry and undead baby - healthy or otherwise. No need play the "they just don't like the disabled" card. A family is stating their wishes. When you die...you get to die and be buried and give your family closure. The fact that the child will likely be severely disabled if he/she lives is really beside the point.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    Sec. 166.049.
    This is from that section....
    A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.

    Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Renumbered from Sec. 672.019 and amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 450, Sec. 1.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
    They are not sustaining her life. Unless reports are wrong, she is legally dead. I say again. They are not sustaining the life of the patient. She is dead.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post

    “The fetus suffers from hydrocephalus [water on the brain].
    Water on the brain huh? So then the fetus is going to become a great swimmer.
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