In a new example of the incoherent insanity that comes out of the Texas extreme pro-life camp, a GOP lawmaker has proposed assigning lawyers to fetuses whose mothers are brain dead.
Texas State Rep. Matt Krause offered a bill that would require his state to appoint a lawyer to “represent the unborn child’s interests” if the mother suffered brain death.
“This is a bill that just seeks to give the unborn a voice,” Krause told an ABC affiliate.
From The Huffington Post:
Current Texas law gives individuals and families power to make decisions in end-of-life care. In cases where the patient on life support is pregnant, Krause’s bill would appoint a state lawyer to represent the fetus’ interests “and otherwise in any litigation or other matter regarding the health care decisions made for the pregnant patient.”
The bill comes a year after a Fort Worth hospital fought unsuccessfully in court to keep a pregnant woman on life support to preserve the fetus’ life. Texas state law stipulates that when a woman becomes pregnant, she automatically waives the right to end-of-life decisions. A Texas judge ruled that the law did not apply to Marlise Munoz, who was 14 weeks pregnant, because she was already legally dead.
As expected, abortion rights group vowed to oppose the bill.
“Texas law already treats pregnant women as second-class citizens, depriving them of the right to decide for themselves whether they want end-of-life medical interventions,” Rebecca Robertson of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement. “This bill imposes yet more intrusive requirements by inserting the state attorney general and outside lawyers into the medical decision-making.”