If one believes that the prevention of suffering may sometimes justify the withdrawal or withholding of care, then the very fact that Houben was conscious for twenty-three years might call more convincingly for such action.
Searching for health information on the web can feel overwhelming. The power of the Internet is also its limitation--it provides information, but not guidance on how to sort what is credible and what is not.
That a woman consented to use her body as a surrogate was irrelevant, because there are some acts to which nobody is permitted to consent. As well-meaning as this approach might have been, its underpinnings are inescapably sexist.