My Take on the Munoz Tragedy

by Kyleen Wright, president

As I pondered the case of Baby Munoz and his family over the weekend, I found sleep and answers elusive.  This is a story of tragedy from start to finish.  There are no winners.

Having followed the story since the press was first made aware, I attended Friday’s hearing hoping to make a more informed opinion.  I was caught off guard when shortly before the hearing I saw a copy of agreed Stipulation of Facts filed with the court.  Two of those facts jumped out:  Mrs. Munoz had been brain dead since November 28 and Baby Munoz was not viable.

We will likely never know the full condition of Mrs. Munoz or her baby, so many questions remain.  My heart grieves for the loss of both as well as the anguish their family has endured.

What we do know is that Baby Munoz had an advocate in John Peter Smith Hospital and Texas law.  Some twenty-five years ago we fought JPS over its insistence on providing abortions at all stages of pregnancy, subsidized by tax payers—including me.  What a difference a couple of decades makes.

 There is little doubt in my mind that hospitals all over this state would (and probably have) quietly ignore that little provision of the law requiring a continuance of life support for pregnant women.  That was not the case here because so many of us have worked hard and long to create a culture of life in Tarrant County – and Texas.

There is more work to be done educating our friends and neighbors about end-of-life conditions, care and laws, and about babies that often survive their mother’s traumatic injuries (even brain death) to be born  healthy and whole months later with a little help and time.

Do I wish we could have saved Baby Munoz?  Absolutely.  But while I mourn her loss, I celebrate the changing culture and the many that we are able to save.

The other side is predicting that HB 2 will result in 22,000 fewer abortions this year.  22,000. Only 48,000 to go.  Back to work, all of you.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Kyleen, thank you for your thoughtful post. I know we all agree with you on the tragedy of the situation and the prayers for both the family and the medical providers involved.

  2. Yes, Jeff, you are correct – this had to be very hard for the doctors and nurses, too. Thank you.

  3. Kylee, thank you for your diligence to put a halt to abortion in Tarrant County. What I wonder about the Munoz family is, why was a C Section not done to save the baby if they felt it was going to still be alive? I am thankful our Legislators last Session passed a Bill to stop abortion after 20 wks. This baby was 22 weeks. Why was nothing done to save it?

    • Jo, doctors said the baby was not viable – water on the brain, heart abnormalities and other signs of arrested development that made it difficult to determine the baby’s gender. But, clearly, we do not know all that the doctors, court and family knew and probably never will. And there is an exception for fetal anomalies in the five month ban.

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