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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Life and death in Texas: A 'pro-life' law in action

Posted By on Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

click to enlarge 'PRO-LIFE': Law Cotton favors produces Munoz case. Is that pro-family?
  • 'PRO-LIFE': Law Cotton favors produces Munoz case. Is that pro-family?
If you haven't read a detailed account of the brain-dead woman in Texas who's been kept on life-support machinery since November because she was then 14 weeks pregnant (with a fetus that is not viable), you should.

This is the "pro-life" movement at work. Will Tom Cotton and Jason Rapert and Andy Mayberry and Ann Clemmer and Co. mount a legal defense fund to support the state of Texas in its wish to mandate a full-term pregnancy for a fetus with fluid on the brain and a heart problem? For a woman whose husband says she smells of death and is little more than a corpse?

A judge has ruled that Marlise Munoz is dead and life supports should be turned off, as her family has begged for weeks.  The hospital said it will consult with the state's district attorney, who until now has said the Munoz family has no choice under the law but to wait for the end, whatever it might be.

Note that this is a direct consequence of Texas having a personhood law such as Tom Cotton has sponsored for the entire United States. It declares life begins when sperm fertilizes an egg. Thus, any action that prevents development of that microscopic particle is potentially murder.

State Republican leaders, such as Gov. Rick Perry and the attorney general? Well, they are just very sorry, but the law is the law.

Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a statement saying: “This is a heartbreaking tragedy for the entire Muñoz family and our thoughts and prayers will remain with them during this difficult time. Texas strives to protect both families and human life, and we will continue to work toward that end.”

The attorney general’s office was notified of the case, since questions were raised about the constitutionality of a state law. So far, the office has not submitted anything to Wallace’s court.

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