Support: Marlise Muñoz was a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a paramedic. When Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child, she suffered a pulmonary embolism; two days later she was declared brain dead.

When her parents and husband instructed the hospital to honor Marlise’s wishes and take her off life support, the hospital refused. Chapter 166 of the Texas Health & Safety Code allows terminally ill patients to decide whether or not they want medical intervention at the end of their life — unless the patient is pregnant, like Marlise. Under this code, a woman is stripped of her right to decide for herself what end-of-life care she will receive.

HB 1071, “Marlise’s Law,” will ensure that no one ever has to go through the pain that Marlise and her family did. This bill would empower a woman to make the right decision for herself, ensuring our laws don’t interfere with a doctor or hospital’s ability to give appropriate end-of-life care.
 
Update 2/26/19: This bill has been referred to the Public Health committee.
 
Update 4/10/19: The Public Health committee heard public testimony.
 
Update 4/15/19: The Public Health committee failed to vote the bill out of committee. 

Authors

Rep. Gina Hinojosa

Status

Closed

Session

86 (R)

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