Pro-Life Groups Rally in Support of Mom and Baby while Abortion Group Wants Life-Support Ended

Ft. Worth, TX – Pro-life supporters gathered outside John Peter Smith Hospital yesterday afternoon to show support and pray for Marlise Munoz and her 20-week pre-born baby amid efforts by Munoz’s family to terminate life support to her and thereby end their lives.

A group of abortion supporters from NARAL Prochoice America also gathered nearby, demanding that the hospital withdraw life support and allow Marlise and her baby to die.

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.

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.

While the pro-abortion group told reporters that they wanted Marlise to “rest in peace” after being determined to be “brain dead,” others aren’t convinced that Marlise is actually “dead” since her body continues to support her growing baby. There have been cases were patients found to be in similar situations have actually regained consciousness given appropriate care and treatment over time.

One pro-life supporter, Carole Novielli, who attended the vigil in support of Marlise and her baby had this to say about those who are demanding death, “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.”

Sunday’s outreach was led by Pastor Stephen Broden of Fair Park Bible Fellowship and Founder of National Black Pro-Life Coalition. Pastor Broden stated, “We must save this baby. It 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. If we err, we should err on the side of life.”

“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. “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.”

News reports indicate that the Munoz family is considering legal action to force the hospital to remove life support. That action could come as early as this week.

Read Novielli’s blog with additional photos from the event.

  • Jan

    So hard to believe that this man doesn’t even want his own child. There are many people who would gladly take this child off his hands! Does he not have one grandparent or relative who wants this child? This story blows my mind to see this throw-away culture our country has. Good for Texas for taking a stand.

  • Kenneth Lutz

    God says in his ten commandments though shall not murder. That baby is a living breathing creation of God. So when you murder that baby you are going against the God who created you and me.

  • Joanne

    In a sense, the father is attempting to force an abortion. Did Marlise Munoz specifically state she wanted life support terminated while she is pregnant? Probably not. It may have been her wishes in other circumstances but not necessarily in this case.

    She may not even be “brain dead”. Current tests only show electrical activity on the surface of the brain not in the deeper recesses. Furthermore, are they declaring all three parts of her brain from the cerebrum to the cerebellum to the brain stem dead? No one has said that continuing the pregnancy is causing an undue hardship on her body. This isn’t futile care. There is hope for this baby.

    Is the father worried about the cost? When the child is born, at least he/she will know total strangers were fighting for his/her life even when the father did not.

  • revspitz

    What sort of father is it that would murder his own child in this way? A heart as cold as ice.

  • paul francis

    It may not be a question of “not wanting” the baby, but fear of the cost of sustaining his wife’s life support. The pro-life “friend-of-the-court” response has got to be that the burden of providing this cost — in addition providing adoption for the baby, should that prove necessary — need not be a consideration. God reward those standing up for this child’s life — and for the mother’s possible recovery.

  • Pat

    First of all, since her body is surviving, she’s still alive. She’s not brain dead. A dead body can’t be kept alive on life support. Second, whether or not she would want to be disconnected from life support isn’t relevant. Her baby has a right to live. And if she were truly dead, she’d be resting in peace. No need to worry about what they’re doing to her body. There are treatments out there (such as flooding the body with its own blood, oxygen treatments, playing music and TV for her, and the like, that might bring her out of it. Worst case scenario and highly probable here: she’s aware, but she’s locked in, and can’t communicate. So she can’t tell people to spare her baby. Or that she wants to live. You can’t ask her. If she said once she’d want life support pulled, she may well have changed her mind, but again, you can’t ask her.I can’t believe how quickly a “trusted” family member is willing to simply end the life of someone because that person happens to be inconvenient.

  • Robyn

    Praying for you my love and your precious baby. May God work His will in Texas.