In Texas, a brain-dead pregnant woman was similarly kept on life support to incubate her fetus.
Can you spot the difference? The Canadian partner and family believe that the mother would have wanted it this way and, indeed they want the process to continue if possible, notwithstanding potential damage to the eventual child.
In Texas, however, the parents, paramedics both, had discussed this sort of horrible possibility and had decided that life support should be withdrawn in such a case.
Writing in the Dallas Morning News, columnist Jacquielynn Floyd titled her piece "Marlise Muñoz case was about bureaucracy, politics -- and cruelty".
Marlise was no longer alive. She was not a patient. She was deceased. But someone at JPS [the hospital], which has issued few details beyond terse press statements, decided her corpse must be forced to go on incubating the fetus, despite her family’s uniform plea to let them put her to rest.
This did not happen until Sunday, when the hospital complied with a state district judge’s ruling last week ordering the woman disconnected from artificial support.
It’s a vicious irony that this family was better prepared for this tragedy than most. Marlise and Erick, as paramedics, had seen their share of trauma and death.
In Canada, the wishes -- the choice -- of the family were respected. In Texas, home of Tea Bagger "small government" proponents, politics and cruelty prevailed. Until the good sense of the court intervened.
I hope "Baby Iver" is healthy and the family can cope with whatever care is needed.
But this is what choice is about. And why the "War on Women" in the US is a very real thing.