Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she died. She suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead in a hospital in Fort Worth, TX. But the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on mechanical support against their will because of a little known law that states “a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment… from a pregnant patient.” What followed was a painful ordeal, with critical implications about bodily integrity, rights and liberty.
The Muñoz’ personal journey is the jumping-off point for a timely examination of a growing trend of laws that seek to control a pregnant woman’s body. Even her dead body.
- Running time
- 29 minutes
- Rebecca Haimowitz ... Director, Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Bright Films
- Release year
- PBS "Reel South"
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