Erik Henry
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I was pretty surprised by this, but I guess I shouldn't be. In 28 states there are statutes restricting a woman's right to be taken off of life support if she's pregnant, regardless of what she's indicated on her DNR. Two other states don't have a specific statute, but their DNR form says removal of life support isn't allowed in cases of pregnancy.

Of those 30 states, 18 ban the withdrawal of life support if there's a chance the fetus could survive if the woman is kept alive; but in the other 12 states the fetus's status doesn't matter -- the woman can't be taken off regardless! In three states -- Alaska, Georgia, and Oklahoma -- women must be tested for pregnancy before removal of life support.

In 19 of these states there is no mention of these restrictions on their DNR forms.

All this according to research done by the Mayo Clinic (et al.) and published in JAMA: In many states, pregnancy invalidates a woman's DNR

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I would be against this in the base case, but having seen my first wife's DNR invoked makes me really pissed off at this. She needed a breathing tube for anesthesia for an emergency surgery related to her lung cancer. Her lungs by that point, though, were too weak for her to wean back off of the breathing machine afterwards. She spent the next seven days deteriorating and in ever-increasing distress and pain (and associated increasing levels of pain meds), until the doctor concluded there was no point in continuing. We probably could have come to that decision a couple of days earlier, and the toll on her of those extra days weighs heavily on me.

I can't imagine a woman potentially forced to endure months of that -- against her expressed wishes -- for a fetus that may or may not survive. It's horrific.
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Incubators don't have rights.
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Shadrach wrote:
Incubators don't have rights.


Neither do "hosts"

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jose-oliva-host-abortion_n_5c...
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This is all bullshit and it really pisses me off, even if I can't get pregnant anymore. angryangryangry
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