Home / Commentary / It’s Unethical To Keep Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman On Life Support Credit: Fox News It’s Unethical To Keep Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman On Life Support Posted by: Shayne Black in Commentary January 23, 2014 , 2:44 am In case you haven’t been following along, Texas has been keeping a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support with the intent of bringing her baby to term, and the situation just took a new twist as details were released on the condition of the fetus. In November, Marlise Munoz suffered a pulmonary embolism and collapsed. She was 14 weeks pregnant at the time. Now her husband, Eric Munoz, is in a legal battle with the hospital and the state as he wishes to remove his wife from life support and allow the fetus to die. In spite of the fact that Mrs. Munoz was clear that she did not want to be kept alive by machines, the hospital is claiming their hands are tied due to a law forbidding them from removing a pregnant mother from life support. On Wednesday, Mr. Munoz’s lawyers released a statement detailing the abnormal condition of the fetus, which includes lower extremities deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined, hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and a possible heart problem. On Friday, the court battle begins, which will likely reach the Texas Supreme Court before ending. This situation is quickly showing how unethical and immoral the ‘right to life at all costs’ position truly can be in extreme situations such as this one. For starters, the hospital claims it is bound by law to carry the fetus to term; however, this is not exactly true. The Texas Advance Directives Act—the statute which the hospital is claiming to be bound by—is strictly a liability statute. In other words, if the hospital abides by the directives of the statute and brings the fetus to term, the hospital is granted full civil, criminal, and administrative immunity in the event of a lawsuit. If the hospital makes the ethical choice and honors the wishes of both Mr. and Mrs. Munoz by removing Mrs. Munoz from life support, they are simply on their own in the case of any legal suits that may arise. To further complicate the situation, the Texas Advance Directives Act only applies to patients, and Mrs. Munoz is arguably no longer a patient, as Mr. Munoz’s lawsuit against the hospital argues, due to the fact that she is technically dead, her body merely preserved by machines. How horrific that the hospital and the state of Texas wish to keep Mrs. Munoz’s brain-dead body hooked up to machines another five months, at a potential cost of $10,000 or more a day, for the sole purpose of incubating a fetus that at best will be highly deformed and abnormal and at worst won’t even make it to term. What quality of life can possibly come from this situation? Let’s just hope the courts act swiftly and justly and turn Mrs. Munoz’s body over to her family rather than allow her lifeless body to become the subject of an unethical science experiment. It's Unethical To Keep Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman On Life Support | Firebrand Progressives Life is being talked about...A very confusing state indeed!