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Texas Court Forces Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

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A shameful, sad and gruesome chapter in Texas’ history is finally over: a judge ordered a Fort Worth hospital to remove Marlise Munoz from life support.

Munoz, who was pregnant with her second child, has been brain dead since November, when she apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism. Despite the 32-year-old’s own wish (supported by her husband) not to be kept on a ventilator, John Peter Smith Hospital refused to remove her because of the fetus inside her. The hospital feared running afoul of a 1999 Texas law which states “life-sustaining treatment” cannot be removed from a pregnant woman, despite the woman’s own wishes.  Keep reading »

Family Of Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Being Kept Alive By Texas Hospital Goes To Court

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Yesterday, the family of Marlise Munoz filed an emergency motion against the Texas hospital asking them to take her off life support so they can bury her body. Thirty-three-year-old Marlise, who apparently suffered a pulmonary embolism in November, did not want to be kept alive on machines. Her wishes, and those of her husband and parents, are not being respected, though. The Forth Worth hospital where she is being kept believes it is following a state law by keeping her body functioning in order to keep her now 22-week-old fetus alive. Keep reading »

Sarah Silverman & Zach Galifianakis Raise $20,000 For The Texas Abortion Fund

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  • Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Retta, Jen Kirkman and others raised around $20,000 at a comedy show on Sunday night called “A Night Of A Thousand Vaginas” to benefit the Texas Abortion Fund. The fund are a group of charities that women in Texas seeking abortions can tap into when facing prohibitive costs and barriers by their conservative state legislature. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Last week, Grantland published an essay about Essay Anne Vanderbilt, the inventor of a golf club, whom the author Caleb Hannum outed as a transgender woman. Fearing how she would be outed once the piece, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” was published, Vanderbilt committed suicide during the reporting. Here’s a view pieces that have smart takes on the lack of journalistic ethics that lead to the outing of a trans woman against her will. [Flavorwire, Think Progress, Think Progress]
  • The mother of Daisy Coleman has penned a new piece on xoJane about her daughter’s suicide attempt. [xoJane] Keep reading »

Texas Husband Sues Hospital To Take Brain Dead Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

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  • The husband of Marlise Munoz, a braindead woman in Texas who allegedly suffered a blood clot in her lungs, is suing the hospital where she is being kept on life support against her and her family’s wishes. She is 16 weeks pregnant and the hospital believes they have to follow a state law keeping her body alive to support the fetus. Her family is quite rightly arguing that this is cruel. [RH Reality Check]
  • Pope Francis — who recently said something that was actually sensible about breastfeeding in church — called abortion “horrific” in his State Of The World Speech. He referred to aborted fetuses as “victims” and “children who will never see the light of day.” [Huffington Post]
  • Samantha Geimer, the author of The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski, did an interview with Feministing. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Texas Hospital Is Forcing Brain Dead Pregnant Woman To Stay Alive, Against Her And Her Family’s Wishes

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At 14 weeks pregnant, Marlise Munoz of Texas suffered what appeared to be a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs and collapsed on the kitchen floor. She lay there for an hour until her husband found her, during which time her fetus was possibly not exposed to oxygen.

Marlise was a paramedic who was attending nursing school; her husband is a firefighter. Given their exposure to such circumstances in their professional lives, the Star-Telegram reports, each had conveyed to the other they did not want to be kept alive on life support if such a tragedy happened to them.

But their wishes don’t matter. Forth Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital is keeping still brain dead Marlise technically alive on life support throughout the remainder of her pregnancy because of a law meant to “protect” her fetus. She is currently 20 weeks pregnant. Keep reading »

Teen Accused Of “Public Lewdness,” Kicked Out Of School For Reporting Rape

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  • An East Texas high school student was thrown out of her school after she reported a rape inside the band room from a fellow student. Officials shuttled them both to a program for troubled students, where the then-17-year-old had to see her attacker constantly. She was accused of committing “public lewdness.” This is a messed-up story and some great work by reporter Abigail Pesta. [MSNBC]
  • Uganda has passed a law against homosexuality which punishes gay behavior with life in prison. [Al-Jazeera] Keep reading »

Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

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Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that helps support women who seek abortions, has warned that anti-choicers are encouraging members of Christian groups in Texas — where abortion rights have just been gutted — to join an email list of volunteers to take women to abortion appointments. But instead of actually taking women to their abortions, the group Abolish Human Abortion warns, “it’s a wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion-minded woman for an hour while you DON’T take her to her clinic.”

Or, you know, like, kidnapping. Keep reading »

Wendy Davis Redefines “Pro-Life,” Enrages Anti-Choice Conservatives

“I am pro-life. I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who is running for governor of the Lone Star State, spoke at the University of Texas at Brownsville on Tuesday and pissed off anti-choice conservatives by reclaiming the term “pro-life.” I’ve always been bothered by the term “pro-life” being used by anti-abortionists because 1) it implies that those who support Roe V. Wade are “anti-life” or “pro-death,” 2) many so-called “pro-lifers” are against abortion even when pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, 3) repealing Roe V. Wade, as many “pro-lifers” want, would result in the deaths of women who will do what they must to terminate pregnancies they don’t want, and 4) many anti-choicers are against government programs that actually support families and allow children a decent quality of life. As far as I am concerned, Wendy Davis’ definition of being pro-life is more accurate than the one anti-choicers peddle because it recognizes the lives that exist outside the womb. [Valley Morning Star]

Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

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Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. The presiding judge granted an injunction, ruling it was “without a rational basis,” as patients are admitted to hospitals regardless of who their doctor is.

The Texas Attorney General (who also happens to be a Republican gubernatorial candidate) appealed almost immediately. Late yesterday, an appeals court blocked the injunction, thus ruling the provision can go into effect. According to The New York Times, the court cited a past abortion case when ruling that “the incidental effect of [a regulation on doctors] making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate it.” Keep reading »

Texas AG Calls For Repeal Of Abortion Court Decision

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  • Like clockwork, a Texas Attorney General has asked an appeals court to reinstate the part of a new anti-abortion law which was ruled unconstitutional just yesterday. I’m shocked, shocked! [Reuters]
  • A 13-year-old girl in Pakistan was raped and buried alive by the perpetrators, but luckily she was able to escape. She then sought assistance, although the police have been less than helpful. Everything about this story is extremely disturbing. [TIME]
  • On why it’s more important to worry about a feminist marriage than a feminist wedding. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »
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