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  •  No? A case could be made that it DID apply, (2+ / 0-)
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    considering that there have been NO (as in ZERO) known cases of a fetus being successfully gestated after the mother had been anoxic (not breathing, turned blue, no pulse) for an hour or so, and effectively dead thereafter.

    There have been a few - very, VERY few - cases of successful gestation from brain-dead mothers under far less severe circumstances ("successful" meaning "survived long enough to be C-sectioned and for up to two years afterward"), but - again - there have been no cases followed-up even to kindergarten age, let alone adulthood.

    With that little to go on, and that negligible a track record, the hospital would have been quite justified in invoking the Futile Care clause and disconnecting the machines that should never have been connected in the first place.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:12:42 PM PST

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    •  I'm not saying the law makes any sense (0+ / 0-)

      It doesn't.  But that doesn't matter to Republicans who go to any extreme to please their base.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:27:15 PM PST

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      •  The fetus was 14 weeks when the mother died. (6+ / 0-)

        The point here is that there had to be a medical professional at that hospital that believed wrongly that that fetus was "a person" even though scientifically speaking the fetus was not yet a separate and viable being from the mother.  That is why it was a cruel and gruesome experiment.  We KNOW that 22 weeks is a minimum gestation term that gives remote hope that a fetus can survive outside of the womb.  Had this fetus been closer to 20-21 weeks the experiment would still be wrong, but at least potentially slightly more realistic.  As it stands, someone was making decisions based on falsehoods and anti-scientific anti-abortion rhetoric.  It is more than fair to go after the physicians involved in this case.  If nothing else, they should have resigned.

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