January 24, 2014 / Press Releases

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

January 24, 2014

“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.”


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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