Remembering Baby Munoz and pregnant Marlise Munoz removed from life support

Troy Newman Stephen Broden JPSAbout 50 people gathered this afternoon outside John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft Worth for a memorial service to remember Marlise Munoz and her unborn child who was killed when the hospital agreed to remove her from life support.

Corowd Shot JPS

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Crowd

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Troy Newman Praying

Shame Judge RH Wallace Jr

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Todd Bullis at JPS

Sue and son signs

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Teddy Bear JPS Signs

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Prayers crowd

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The group, organized by Operation Rescue and local activists, had originally planned a prayer vigil and sit it but cancelled the civil disobedience when they received the news that the hospital had put the woman and child to death earlier in the morning by shutting off life support.

The event was peaceful and somber with several people holding flowers and singing Amazing Grace.
Carole Novielli

“We’re very saddened that the baby is gone,” said Carol Novielli, who brought a rose and stuffed animal to remember the child.

Behind the scenes, local conservatives like State Representative Matt Krause said they spent the weekend trying to get the hospital and district attorney’s office to appeal the ruling.

“We at least were trying to get the hopsital board to have an emergency meeting to appeal Judge Wallace’s ruling,” he told News 8.

Pro-lifers find it interesting that the statement from the family fails to include the unborn child:

Famil Statement

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“Our client, Erick Munoz, has authorized us to give notice that today, at approximately 11:30 a.m. central time, in accordance with the order of the 96th District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, issued Friday, January 24, 2014, Marlise Munoz’s body was disconnected from ‘life support’ and released to Mr. Munoz.,” Heather King and Jessica Janicek said in a statement. “The Munoz and Machado families will now proceed with the somber task of laying Marlise Munoz’s body to rest, and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered. May Marlise Munoz finally rest in peace, and her family find the strength to complete what has been an unbearably long and arduous journey.”

J.R. Labbe, a spokeswoman for John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, issued a statement Sunday that says the hospital “will follow the court order” issued Friday in the case of Munoz.

“From the onset, JPS has said its role was not to make nor contest law but to follow it,” the statement says. “On Friday, a state district judge ordered the removal of life-sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz. The hospital will follow the court order.”

Attending the event was Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman as well as Cheryl Sullenger and Pastor Stephen Broden a local pastor in Dallas. Also attending were several pro-lifers and abortion abolitionists, Christians and Catholics as well as a few Bikers.

Rhonda Aubert, 46, from Southlake brought her 12-year-old son. She said the case tugged at her heart.

“I just wish the baby would have had a chance,” she said.

Some held homemade signs saying, “Baby Munoz condemned for being handicapped” and “Protect life. JPS killed baby Munoz.”

Operation Rescue releases the following statement on the news that JPS Hospital removed life support from Marlise Munoz and her baby at 11:30 am this morning. The following statement is attributable to Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

We are grieved that the JPS hospital has removed life support from Marlise Munoz and her baby. As the term “life support” implies, Marlise’s body was alive and supporting a thriving pregnancy at the time support was withdrawn.

It is despicable that dehumanizing and deceptive language was used to refer to Marlise as a “corpse” and her baby’s condition as “incompatible with life” in order to elicit public support for putting them to death.

A human being does not lose their God-given human beauty or dignity just because they are disabled or incapacitated. This case just goes to show how far we have slipped into the abyss of a Culture of Death and how intolerant we have become of those who are seen as “inconvenient.”

We strongly believe that the order that led to the termination of life support is in complete contradiction to Texas law that was enacted to protect pre-born babies just like the Munoz child. The courts have failed this baby, the attorneys who should have defended Texas law has failed this baby, and the hospital has failed this baby. May this tragedy serve as a wake-up call to our society, lest others wrongly fall victim to this dehumanizing utilitarian view of life and death.

The group prayed and laid roses and a teddy bear at the hospital in memory of the child and her mom.

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Bear on Wall Cheryl Stephen

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JPS Teddy Bear

“I came to see if the hospital would appeal the decision,” Natalie Wickman of Arlington said. “But once I got here I heard that they had taken her off life support. It was sad, but I still wanted to be here for the baby.”

Photo Josh Rubin Twitter

Photo Josh Rubin Twitter

Pro-life leaders around the nation are also weighing in:

“The death of Baby Munoz represents a colossal failure on so many levels. Her father failed her. The Attorney General of Texas Gregg Abbot failed her. The hospital failed her. Finally, by usurping the will of the people of Texas, the courts failed her. If only one of those in position to stop this execution of Baby Munoz would have stepped up to the plate and done the right thing she would have been born alive in the next few weeks. Baby Munoz was a human being who deserved the same legal protection of born people. The truth is Baby Munoz was executed by judicial tyranny,”
said Mark Harrington, Executive Director, Created Equal.

5 Responses to “Remembering Baby Munoz and pregnant Marlise Munoz removed from life support”

  1. And yet this is none of your business.

  2. I was going to say that you have no right to judge what medical professionals and the family decided was right, but I think John Doe said it best.

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  4. […] that will be retold more often as medical technology advances to keep people alive, in this case, Marlise Munoz, who in November 2013 suffered a pulmonary embolism when she was fourteen weeks into her […]

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