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62 Days

A brain-dead pregnant woman was forced to remain on life support against her family's wishes.

Overview

Synopsis

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.

Stage
finished
Running time
29 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Bright Films

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Distribution
PBS "Reel South"

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