Friday, March 18, 2005

Terri Schiavo, part two

Editor's note: I repeat myself here, but this was very off-the-cuff.

I haven't had a lot of time to really research this, but I simply have to say that I think the current situation is shameful. Michael Schiavo is married to Terri, he is her legal caregiver, and he would know best what his wife's wishes are. Understandably, her parents are upset (because what parent wants to admit that their child may wish death over living in such a situation?) but they have been rebuffed by the courts over and over again. So, the right-to-lifers in government have tried to use any concievable power to keep her alive, once again showing their utter disregard for the judicial branch. The rule of law is just that, but these people don't give up. If they don't like the law, they try to ram through legal changes after a decision has been made, then they get told they can't do that, and they keep trying. Today, Congress issued subpoenas to a woman who is completely unable to testify due to her severe brain damage. This is a sham, a flat-out disregard for patients rights. This woman is becoming a puppet for those forces. She has no idea of the raging debate around her, no idea how she is being used for a cause. If I were in her situation, with no chance of living, paralyzed in that sort of way, I don't know that I would want to be kept alive either. It's a tough situation, but there are multiple court decisions in favor of Michael Schiavo, and the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously refused to hear the case, so this should end. Let Terri Schiavo die in peace. Stop using her in this manner. It's not right.


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