A matter of life and death

01/07/2014 6:04 PM

01/07/2014 6:06 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Muñoz family as they deal with an unthinkable tragedy — a pregnant mother who is brain dead, and a live fetus. (See: “When end-of-life wishes, law clash,” Monday)

They have not only suffered a tremendous loss, but they have the awesome responsibility to reconcile the issue of sustaining life itself. As a caveat, I acknowledge that I respect life including mothers and their unborn children. I believe the Texas statute has it right.

While the mother has the right to choose life or not for her unborn baby, that presumes a considered choice made by her. It seems presumptuous to assume she would choose death for her baby if she were able to make that decision.

I am hopeful the Muñoz family chooses life and that the unborn child becomes a living memorial to her mother.

May God comfort and guide this Muñoz family.

— Joseph Ansley, Fort Worth

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