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January 24, 2014

STATEMENT: NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on Munoz Ruling

Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz and NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas issued the following statements:

"Our hearts go out to the Munoz family during this painful time," said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "No one should ever have to endure such a lengthy battle for closure, but we are relieved that the judge's ruling has reflected the wishes of Ms. Munoz and her family in an effort to correct the violation of her constitutional right to privacy. We hope that this decision will serve as an example for other states that attempt to make these very difficult medical choices for families: You will lose."

"This terrible tragedy has shown that there are consequences when politicians interfere in the personal medical decisions of families," said Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. "According to the Center for Women Policy Studies, 12 state statutes automatically invalidate a woman's advanced directive if she is pregnant, ignoring a woman's legal rights. These laws must be brought in line so that the rights guaranteed to all are afforded to all."

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