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Religion Corrupts Advance Directives and Medical Care

When 33-year old Marlise Munoz, a Fort Worth mother of a young child, suffered an apparent brain aneurysm in November, she was 14 weeks pregnant.  The hospital told the family that she was brain dead, the standard for determining death in Texas (“irreversible cessation of all spontaneous brain function”) and most of the rest of the country.  But for her and her family, this was not the end because she had been placed on a ventilator when she