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It’s Time to Repeal State Advance Directive Laws That Discriminate Against Women

Marlise Munoz

The recent Marlise Munoz case should be a call to action for anyone who believes that pregnant women and their families deserve respect. More than 30 states have laws that require a pregnant woman to be kept on mechanical support no matter what her living will says, and it is time for that to change.

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Marlise Munoz Case Shines Light on Dehumanizing ‘Pregnancy Exclusion’ Laws

Marlise Munoz and her son, Mateo.

It is hard to imagine a more absolute denial of a woman’s personhood than depriving her of the right to decide her own future, and then literally using her body without permission as an object for a fetus to grow in. Yet this is exactly what the pregnancy exclusions envision in the 31 states that have passed them.

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