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Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman Taken Off Life Support After Court Order

Following weeks of contentious legal arguments and debates about end-of-life ethics, 33-year-old Marlise Munoz was taken off life support this weekend. Until a judge declared her “deceased” and ordered the move, hospital officials refused to grant her husband’s wish of removing a ventilator that was keeping her alive. They said that because Munoz was 23 weeks pregnant, they were required by the law to protect her unborn baby. Attorneys for the Munoz family said that the fetus was “distinctly abnormal.” Pro-life advocates argued that Munoz should have been kept alive by medical officials so the baby would have a chance at being delivered …

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