Pro-Life Leaders to Stand Vigil in Support of Marlise Munoz and Her Baby Amid Efforts to Withdraw Life Support

Ft. Worth, TX – Pro-Life leaders will hold a prayer vigil Sunday 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.

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.

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

The vigil will be held at:

Sunday, January 12, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
John Peter Smith Hospital
1400-1598 S. Main St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

“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,” said Pastor Broden. “If we err, we should err on the side of life.”

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.

“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.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leftist feminist group that promotes abortion, plans to rally earlier in the day to lobby the hospital to terminate Marlise’s life support and kill her pre-born baby.

Pastor Broden may be reached for comment at 214-394-0098.

  • Don

    I find it troubling that her husband wants the life support
    discontinued.I’m sorry I don’t understand that.

  • Len Beckman

    NARAL is a class act. They only support the woman’s right to choose when it involves killing; now they want to kill two people with one stoned stupid act. Marlise wanted the child and if ever there is proof it is a living, sentient human being, this is it. If mom is dead and the baby is alive, then why not err on the side of life and give the child a chance. The baby can’t hurt the mom if the mom is dead; and suppose, as is often, it turns out this “brain dead” mania is wrong, you would have two living beings to enjoy life.

  • Incredible. Just Incredible.

    NARAL’s position I can understand; they hate everybody and always support the discrimination and slaughter of innocent persons. But the child’s father? What depravity.

  • di from Oregon

    Rally to kill a baby? Rally to murder a baby, a person? What kind of animals would do that! “What ever you do to the least of these, my brethren, you do to me.” Jesus Christ.

  • MD

    Praying for this baby for health and Gods plan for their life. God has an amazing plan for this child’s life. Praying this family will gain compation and love for this child. The family can settle it all if their hearts are changed and The Lord is mighty!

  • John

    This is why advance directives are so important. Had she legally stated she didn’t want to be kept “alive” like this, there would be no discussion. She should not be forced to be an incubator.

  • An “incubator,” John? Such sentiments objectify the human
    person; this is the kind of rhetoric our culture of death uses to
    marginalize, banish and then kill human beings. Marlise was more
    than a machine before her collapse; she was a mother. And her body,
    even if she’s brain-dead, remains more than a machine: it is an
    oasis of life, a life that is dependent on Marlise’s body. Alas,
    the moral relativists among us see only what they want.

  • Concerned human being

    Marlise Munoz is dead. The father does not want the child. Christians will happily care for the child. This case does not involve the mother’s rights. The mother is dead. Her rights were extinguished when she died. The state has an interest in saving the child’s life. But the media monopoly is treating this like a civil rights case. They seem anxious to kill the fetus, which by now is a probably conscious that it exists. A state that would permit the killing of this child is devoid of moral legitimacy and a moral nullity. That is my opinion. We must rectify the state. It is our natural right and duty. It is our salvation. Peaceful and legal change must be delivered to the country.

  • Julieta

    If they disconnect Marlise from life-support that wouldn’t be called abortion but murder. It seems impossible for me to understand that this baby’s father and grandparents support and fight for this atrocity. This baby truly deserves the right to be born and loved. John, women’s bodies are not incubators, we are mothers and our bodies have the great opportunity to create life. I strongly support Pro-life vigil from Austin and hope judges decide what is morally correct and respect this little person’s life.