March 21, 2005

Re: The BS about TS*

I really do wonder what is going on inside Terri Schiavo's head. I have to side with the medical evidence on this one: misinterpreted autonomic responses or not, Terri Schiavo is no longer at home inside her own head.

To Terri Schiavo's parents: Losing a child is a devastating and traumatic event in a parent's life, understandably, but let go already. A place in Heaven, next to God, is awaiting Terri. Isn't that thought comfort enough? I bet she can already see it and is wondering what is holding her back from reaching that place. Enough is enough. Let God have her already.

To the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal government: Just because you can find a way to do so does not necessarily bestow upon you the right to interfere with established due process of law. The system in place works! Doctors have personally examined Terri and, being the persons most properly qualified, according to law, to determine the scope of her medical condition, have testified that her condition will never improve. I am sure the judges did not take lightly their decision to allow the removal of her feeding tube, but both the facts and the law were compelling. Look at her, already, and allow her to die.

*I had tried very very hard not to weigh in on this matter, but when I read that emergency legislation had been passed and signed into law by Dubya to forestall this situation a bit longer, I just could no longer hold my tongue. Please don't hate me because I have to side with the right to die with some small shred of dignity still intact.**

**I wonder how many people realize that the name Terri Schiavo will forever more stand for the proposition that some people will stop at nothing in order to save the life of another, even if that other is a complete vegetable with no quality of life, whatsoever. I just do not believe the woman deserves such legacy.

Posted by Tiger at March 21, 2005 10:13 AM

If congress gets away with this -- the slippery slope will be impossible.

Moral of the story: No matter how young you are -- get a living will.

Posted by: Day Late at March 21, 2005 11:46 AM

I share your view, Tiger. I think this whole situation is really sad. If Terri's siblings and parents believe that Terri can improve, why didn't fight for the right to take care of her and to provide her with the help they think she needs?

Posted by: Tony S. at March 21, 2005 07:20 PM

Post a list of all the criteria that define "quality of life" and their acceptable thresholds. I need to know when I should eat my .45, or report to the showers.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at March 22, 2005 12:17 AM

The slippery slope is now covered with ice. There are thousands of these cases every year. Congress could get awfully busy. Maybe they won't have time for new spending bills.

Posted by: Ol' BC at March 22, 2005 08:34 PM