I'm finding your commentary to be increasingly rabid IStateYourName, I recommend you roll this back a little bit and remember we're arguing a specific case with a unique set of circumstances rather than try to make this about a grander societal problem in which you are much more firmly in the right.
Look, I usually count myself the most liberal/progressive guy in the room, but that has to be a product of reason more than anything else, and that means a willingness to consider that you might be wrong about a particular situation. Without that grounds for debate, any and all further discussion is purely masturbatory, and when you start dismissing a complicated moral issue like abortion as "a convenient tub-thumping issue to get the plebs worked up enough to vote against their own interests." you're letting pride and cynicism get the best of you.
It's easy to dismiss the Pro-Lifers as Bible thumping yokels easily manipulated by for-profit fundamentalist leaders and the big business interests whom they're in bed with. If that's all you want to do, congratulations, it's done. To death.
If you're willing to engage on some of the deeper issues at work here in hopes of actually convincing me or anyone else to your side, please, take a step back and consider that maybe the people you're dealing with are capable of being just as smart and reasonable as you can be.
Please read again the post I put up discussing how only ONE state out of the all the states that have this asinine law has set it up that the family does not have to pay for it. Guess what, Texas isn't that state. Pennsylvania is. And that means the hospital is well within it's rights to charge the family for keeping Marlise as a patient even though she is dead.
We all know that hospitals are out to make money. Healthcare is not free because it has been turned into a booming business where the only thing that matters is how much can be charged. While I know hospitals have charities to help the poor with costs I seriously doubt the Munoz family will be allowed to use such funds because they have insurance. Why give them this "service" for free when they can rip off the insurance company and the family? I mean hell, they are keeping a corpse as a patient and performing "services" on a corpse all under the guise of following a law which is pretty easy to understand - life saving treatment to a terminally ill pregnant patient ... which does not in any way fit Marlise. So add insult to injury and charge the family for this? Yeah, I can see the hospital doing it.
Seriously, I hope like hell the petition for expedited hearing goes through, I hope the courts rule in favor with the Munoz family and I hope like hell he sues the hospital clean out of business. Maybe then people will get the idea out of their heads they have the right to make decisions for other people.
You hope the hospital gets sued out of business? You realize that even if you're absolutely in the right about this particular case, it's still an isolated case compared to the potentially thousands of people who would be screwed over because they can no longer receive treatment and care not to mention the professional doctors, nurses, administrators and technicians who have nothing to do with this issue who would be out of a job?
You're clearly letting your ire get the best of you in regards to this issue. Suing the hospital for money won't get his wife back, won't repair emotional damage, and won't save anyone's life. It's a wholly punitive action which disproportionately benefits the isolated party in this matter (Mr. Munoz). That's not justice, that's the most selfish kind of vengeance and I do hope Mr. Munoz has the good sense just to settle this as a matter of arbitration rather than recoup any perceived economic loss.