Operation Rescue Condemns Judge’s Order to Terminate Life Support for TX Mom and Baby

Ft. Worth, TX – Operation Rescue issues the following statement in response to Judge R.H. Wallace, Jr.’s ruling this afternoon ordering John Peter Smith Hospital to terminate life support to Marlise Munoz and thereby kill her pre-born baby. This statement is attributable to Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

We are appalled by Judge Wallace’s order to terminate life support for Marlise Munoz and her baby. The order is the equivalent of signing a death sentence for Baby Munoz. We utterly reject the false notion that Marlise’s body is a rotting corpse, which is impossible since a decaying body cannot support the life of a baby for weeks, as Marlise has.

Killing people because they are disabled is wrong, and dangerously devalues all life. We condemn in the strongest terms this order to fatally discriminate against this disabled mother and her baby, especially in light of the fact that there are people standing by to adopt the baby knowing that the child will have special needs.

The following quote is attributable to Pastor Stephen Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship and Founder of National Black Pro-Life Coalition, who was present in the courtroom during the hearing:

Clearly the judge’s decision here did not consider the baby. But more unfortunate is the fact that no one from the Attorney General’s office came to represent the interests of the baby. It seemed to me that the judge omitted the interest of the child in his decision.

  • Elaine

    Heartbreaking! A judge condemns a baby to death.

  • The Assistant District Attorney who defended the public hospital threw the case and the Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott failed to appear to be heard. Greg Abbott had statutory authority to walk in that courtroom to challenge the stipulation of brain death– to which the incompetent DA agreed– because there was a constitutional challenge. The DA failed to ask for a guardian ad litem and an attorney ad litem to represent the child’s interests. The DA had a conflict of interest because he represented the hospital and not the state’s interest in the statute. He gave away the store in the court record, just like Terri Schiavo’s first attorney who stipulated to PVS. Abbott could have fought this and save the baby. Despite many calls to his office, Abbott refused to come into the case. Tomorrow, during the March for Life in Austin, Texas, Abbott will be honored as the headline speaker. How ironic, given the chance to go save a baby, Abbott choked and consigned the baby to death.