HB1071 (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.