Irish Court OKs Removing Pregnant Woman From Life Support
The case sparked heated debate in Ireland, which has some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in Europe.By Matt Picht | December 27, 2014
An Irish High Court has ruled a pregnant woman should be taken off life support — three weeks after being declared clinically dead.
The woman was 15 weeks pregnant when she suffered severe brain trauma from a fall, and was declared clinically dead on Dec. 3. But doctors kept her on life support against the family's wishes, over concerns about the fate of her unborn child.
The Court's ruling did support the rights of her unborn child, but found its prospects for survival were virtually nonexistent. One medical expert told the court the child's prospects were "nothing but distress and death."