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Remembering Baby Munoz and pregnant Marlise Munoz removed from life support

Posted in Life Support with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by saynsumthn

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.

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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.
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“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:

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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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“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.”

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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.

JPS Hospital kills Baby Munoz by pulling plug on pregnant woman

Posted in Life Support with tags , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by saynsumthn

At 11:30am Sunday John Peter Smith Hospital relented to the death order of Judge RH Wallace Jr and pulled the plug on pregnant Marlise Munoz killing her unborn child.

The actions of JPS Mirror those of convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell who were just “Following Orders” when they murdered children.

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 Marlise Muñoz.

Life support was terminated at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

A Protest is still planned for 4:00pm to respond !!!

munoz familyDistrict Judge R.H. Wallace has ruled the pregnant mother being kept alive at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth should be removed from life support.

He has given the Hospital until 5:00PM to appeal the decision. But pro-lifers concerned for Baby Munoz said they are not waiting that long.

Hospital officials have said they were bound by the Texas Advance Directives Act, which prohibits withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient. But in his brief ruling, Wallace said that “Mrs. Munoz is dead,” meaning that the hospital was misapplying the law. The ruling did not mention the fetus.

The hospital has not pronounced her dead and has continued to treat her over the objections of both Erick Munoz and her parents, who sat together in court Friday.

Larry Thompson, a state’s attorney representing the public hospital, told the judge Friday that the hospital recognized the Munoz family’s pain and rights, but said it had a greater legal responsibility to protect the fetus.

“There is a life involved, and the life is the unborn child,” Thompson said.

Former state District Judge Sharen Wilson sent a statement explaining that the district attorney only advises hospital officials.

But she added: “As [a] private citizen, Wilson would hope JPS would appeal and put the baby’s life first.”

Pro-lifers have set-up a Facebook page for Marlise and her baby and are planning a protest,

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According to the group, Operation Rescue, they plan to protest outside the hospital Sunday afternoon in opposition to the unwarranted killing of Mrs. Munoz andd her baby.

They also plan peaceful sit-in is planned in the office of Robert Earley, President and Chief Executive Officer of JPS Hospital. The sit-in participants are willing to engage in peaceful civil disobedience in order to encourage the hospital to appeal the horrific decision by Judge R.H. Wallace, Jr. to remove life support from Mrs. Munoz and her baby.

A recent study has shown that babies in similar circumstances have about a 50% survival rate. All that is needed is just a few more weeks until baby Munoz can be safely delivered and cared for properly.

Operation Rescue has more than one couple who have volunteered to adopt Baby Munoz, whether or not he or she is born with health problems.

Please join national pro-life leaders, Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, and Pastor Stephan Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship and Founder of National Black Pro-Life Coalition, on Sunday, January 26 at 4:00pm outside JPS Hospital, located at 1400-1598 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.

“As Christians, we are compelled by faith to intervene on behalf of Mrs. Munoz and her child in obedience to Proverbs 24:ll, which states, ‘Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter,'” stated Newman. “The law that was meant to be on the side of Baby Munoz has failed to protect the most vulnerable. We cannot in good conscience stand idly by while this injustice wrongly takes two innocent lives.”

“We must make every attempt to save this baby. He or she is a person, guaranteed protection under the constitution. There is an alternative for the family. There are families willing to take the baby and provide a safe place for it to grow in a loving environment,” said Pastor Broden. “If we err, we should err on the side of life.”

Pro-lifers pray for unborn child whose family wants pregnant mother pulled from life support

Posted in Life Support, NARAL, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by saynsumthn

Written by Carole Novielli (photo credits:/all photos unmarked=same)

UPDATED JAN 14, 2014 This morning, Munoz took another step toward fulfilling JPS’ wish for clarity, filing suit in Tarrant County District Court. In the suit, he says the hospital has diagnosed her has “brain dead” and that all life-sustaining treatments should be stopped.

Keeping her alive “makes no sense, and amounts to nothing more than the cruel and obscene mutilation of a deceased body against the expressed will of the deceased and her family.”

A copy of the suit is available here

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Sunday afternoon (January 12, 2014) a group or pro-life leaders held a prayer vigil outside the Texas hospital where a 33-year-old pregnant woman is being kept on life-support to give her 20-week-old pre-born baby an chance at life.

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Marlise Munoz collapsed in her home last November from an apparent blood clot in her lungs when she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. Her husband and other family members have asked the John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth to remove Marlise from life support after they were told she was “brain dead.” Ending life support would also end her pre-born baby’s life.

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So far John Peter Smith Hospital officials have refused to follow the family’s request, citing a Texas law that prohibits hospitals from removing life support from pregnant women.

That Texas statute states: “Sec. 166.049. PREGNANT PATIENTS. �A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.”
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As was expected the side of death protested for the removal of life support at the same time.

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“It’s about a life,” Timm Hobbs of Denton told the Ft Worth Telegraph. “We are here to support that baby.”

Hobbs was there with his wife Renee and two young sons.
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Pro-lifers were led in the reading of scriptures on life by Sue Cyr. “We know that baby was created for many wonderful things,” Cyr begins, “Revelation 5 You are a Holy Awesome God….Lord, you have told us we are our brother’s keeper and that whatever we do for the least of Thee we do for you,” she continued.

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The atmosphere was prayerful as media made their way to the pro-lifers.

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NARAL Pro-choice America has set up a petition they say is “for the Munoz family.” The family wants the 20 week pregnant mother disconnected from life support which would kill the baby. Pro-lifers oppose this move as it would kill the unborn child.

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Local Pro-lifer Carole Novielli responded, “What I find outrageous is that there is no written directive which spells out Marlise’s wishes. This woman has carried her child for 20 weeks, she obviously wanted this baby. Yet NARAL, who always claims to ‘protect women’ has decided to side with the woman’s husband in this case and to call for life support to be pulled. NARAL always sides with death and in this case it is the death of a woman and her child. When will the media call NARAL out on this hypocrisy? Regardless, Texas law clearly states that a pregnant woman must be kept alive in cases such as these.”

Novielli is interviewed in the news videos from WFAA below:

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Pastor Stephen E. Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship and Founder of National Black Pro-Life Coalition led the vigil in support of Marlise and her baby.

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There is a baby, the baby is alive and has a heartbeat and it is growing,” Rev. Broden tells the crowd. “So we want to pray that God will move and soften the hearts of the Munoz family,” he said.
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Being brain dead is not the affirmative biological definition of death,” Broden exclaims. “It is a created definition. It was created in 1960 by a group of doctors at Harvard,” Broden explains.

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The mother is nurturing that baby now, the baby is growing. Father we ask you that the child’s father would recognize that value and the dignity of that life and he would allow the baby to live. So we are praying now that there would be a softening of his heart and the grandparents that are involved and recognize that this is life. That they Father, would release their demand to have the ventilation removed, to pull the plug. But rather insist that they allow the baby to live.”

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The designation of “brain death” is a controversial one and presents moral and ethical issues, especially when the life of a baby is involved. There are many cases where babies have survived after the mothers have experienced similar situations to that of Marlise Munoz. There is a very strong possibility that Marlise’s baby could survive, given a little more time.

Here are some examples:

In 1982 a brain dead woman was put on life support for several days until her unborn child could be delivered.

Michele Odette Poole was delivered in 1985 after her mother was declared brain dead. Her father won a legal battle against the woman’s parents who had requested that life support be disconnected

In March of 1986, doctors successfully delivered a baby at the University of California’s Moffitt Hospital, whose mother was declared legally dead in January and was kept on life support to protect the child.

In November of 1991, Tracy Bucher gave birth to a baby boy after she was pronounced as brain dead. She was kept on life support for six weeks while her unborn child developed inside her.

In November of 1997, Lisa Nottingham was four months when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was declared brain dead in August. She was kept alive by a machine until her baby could safely be delivered the following November.

Susan Anne Catherine Tores was born in September of 2005 after her mother was kept on life support for three months after being pronounced legally dead. Despite heroic efforts the child succumbed to a respiratory illness and died a few days later.

In June of 2006, a brain dead woman kept alive for more than two months gave birth to a baby girl. She was named Christine and her last name was withheld by the media.

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The Munoz family told Fox 4 in Dallas that when Marlise went down it was uncertain how long the baby was without oxygen. Erick Munoz said that is a concern for him.

Fox 4 News of the protests:

Is it possible that the real concern here for Marlise’s husband is the health of his unborn child rather than Marlise’s wishes which were never put in writing?” asked Novielli.

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We must save this baby. It is a person, guaranteed protection under the Constitution,” Broden told the Ft Worth Telegraph.

There is an alternative for the family. There are families willing to take the baby and provide a safe place for it to grow in a loving environment. If we err, we should err on the side of life,” he said.

“We feel great compassion for the family of Marlise Munoz and her pre-born baby. No one ever wants to be in their difficult and tragic situation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue who suggested the vigil to local activists. “Marlise wanted this baby, and as long as there is a chance that he or she can be saved, we support John Peter Smith Hospital in their bid to follow the law and protect this baby’s life.