In Texas (of course) the long, sad saga of Marlise Muñoz, who died in late November but was being kept alive because she was pregnant (with a 22 week-old fetus with hydrocephaly and heart problems that is “not viable”) has finally been decided by judge. After two months of legal wrangling, barring further appeal, she will be taken off life support, something her family wanted two days after she collapsed at home and showed no brain activity after being treated at the hospital.
The hospital, which was represented in court by the Tarrant County district attorney, believed that state law required them to protect the fetus. They were probably right–I imagine the intent of the Republicans in the Texas Legislature was to make sure that much pain and suffering was visited upon anyone who dared interfere with fetal rights, the only rights that are nearly as important as gun rights. I hope that Erick Muñoz, her husband and father of their toddler son, has good insurance to pay for two months in intensive care, not to mention the procedures (including a tracheotomy) for which he refused consent but were performed anyway.
The only surprising thing about this case is that John Boehner didn’t bring Congress back into session to pass a law requiring Texas to keep Marlise on life support.