Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Uh Oh, Something Political ...

My two cents, added to the MoveOn.org petition to be sent to Congress about Terri Schiavo:

The issues surrounding Terri Schiavo's life and death are enormous and raise a multitude of questions, but it simply is NOT the place of Congress to intervene and override the work of the judicial branch, to pass legislation on an individual level. Yes, life is sacred, but in the view of Terri's husband -- her legal guardian -- Terri is no longer living. She is existing. And she may well be able to exist for many more years, but what will be served? In the absence of a living will, we must heed what her husband says are her wishes. Medical experts agree that she has no chance for meaningful recovery. Her parents' anguish is understandable and America sympathizes with the grief of losing a child, but they must think about their daughter, not themselves. Euthanasia is not legal, and so removing a feeding tube seems cruel, but if Terri cannot support her life without artificial means -- and she cannot -- she should be allowed to die, however that death may come. The religious right will say it's not God's will that she die, but she is not being kept alive by God. She was being kept alive by a tube depositing nourishment through her navel. If it is God's wish that she live, without the feeding tube, she'll live. In any event, it is not the place of Congress or George W. Bush to make that decision for her, or to force even more litigation. We must respect the judges' rulings, whether or not we agree with them.

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