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.