After reading the last few arguments, I have to say, that my views are even more in question.
First, my entire problem with taking her off of life support due to an advance directive or living will, is that there has been no mention of a provision in said living will that if she were pregnant SHE would feel the same.
I may not condone all end - of - life choices. I respect those wishes of others to make their own decisions. But in this case, the 'life' of the fetus must be considered. I personally believe that it comes down to, was it in writing? On that note, I am a firm believer in that, if it's not in writing, it's hearsay. In most cases, that would not be an issue. What to do with the woman's body would be fully up to the next of kin. However, I feel that what to do with a fetus is up to the mother and the mother alone. But the mother has been taken out of this, she's dead (brain - dead) but still dead. In that case, there's a slippery slope here.
I do agree that this is not an abortion case, not really. But I think it kind of is too. In the fact that the fetus didn't 'die' when the mother did. It was found 'alive' by the hospital. That right there tells me that there is a reason. If there wasn't, the fetus would have died and this would be a tragic story rather than tragic battle. (Talking about battle between the hospital/state and the family).
I have seen how tragic and life altering miscarriages and still births can be. I have thankfully never been in that situation. But I have watched the grief in others in the support groups that I attended after my mothers death. (Grief support groups that were for any one that suffered a death). I hope and pray that I never go through that. Those are tragedies, but they were natural ones. Could some of them have been prevented, in some cases maybe yes. But in others it was just nature.
Being a person that does believe that everything happens for a reason, I believe that if that fetus was not meant to be, it would have died before it was discovered.
However, if this fetus is so damaged that, it will never have any kind of quality of life and that its being allowed to be brought to term will only cause any person serious financial and emotional suffering, then and only then do I feel that the life support should be turned off.
If it's discovered that the fetus is 'fine' and healthy and can be brought into the world and possibly have a full and healthy life, I say do not take the woman off of life support. But then again, if paternity is established. Medically established, not just stated verbally, then the right of what to do with the fetus is up to the father since the mother has been taken out of the equation. Normally, as I stated above, abortion is the right of the mother and the mother alone.
Now for my views. I will never condone or support a decision that will possibly terminate a pregnancy for any other reason than it is the most appropriate, medical decision. By appropriate medical decision, I mean that there have been tests done and or there is a clear indication that the fetus will be severely mentally and or physically handicapped and that fetus if allowed to be born will never have any quality of life and only cause all those involved pain. I just can't get behind that. I also believe that any abortion, whether I feel it's appropriate or not, is up to the mother and the mother alone. I may not support or condone most abortion decisions, but I do respect the right of a mother to decide what to do with her fetus. If the mother is incapacitated, I feel that the decision should be up to the biological father, barring any other extenuating circumstances. Yes, my views are based on my chosen religion.
I may never come to terms with what I feel is right in this case. Thankfully, I'm only an outsider looking in and not in this horrible tragedy.
I'd like to add something more. Chaoslord, I agree with you. I have to say, that's my issue. Since the woman is dead, she is out of the equation. As far as I've read, there was no mention on her standpoint to whether or not that she would have aborted this fetus. And there fore, unless she made some kind of provision, I don't believe that 'pulling the plug' in accordance with her 'wishes' factors in any more.