GOP leaders: Court erred in brain-dead pregnancy

By By PAUL J. WEBER

DALLAS (AP) — Four big-name Republicans running for lieutenant governor say a Texas judge erred by ordering to remove a brain-dead, pregnant woman from life support. They vowed if elected to tighten state law so that a similar outcome couldn't happen again.

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Monday night "we need to make certain that as a society, we are protecting life." Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick echoed similar sentiments.

A Fort Worth hospital complied this weekend with an order to pull life-sustaining treatment for Marlise Munoz and her 23-week-old fetus.

Stakes were higher in the first statewide televised debate — but this foursome arrived well-rehearsed. Campaign aides said it was at least the 24th debate or forum featuring all or most of the field.

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