Sunday, March 20, 2005

More on the Schiavo mess

For the first time in the history of Congress that I am aware of, the Senate of the United States of America has passed a law that is targeted to just one person. If the House agrees, Terri Schiavo's feeding tube will be put back in against the wishes of her husband, against the rulings of courts, and even after numerous doctors have agreed that she has been in a persistent vegetative state with no brain activity for 15 years.

I think Representative Jim Davis (Democrat from Florida) said it best when he called the congressional action "a clear threat to our democracy." Congress, he said, was ignoring the constitutional separation of power and "is on the verge of telling states, courts, judges and juries that their opinions, deliberations and decisions do not matter." (Quoted from AP article)

That is a profound statement and it should send a chill to all Americans.

Of course, the President values life and just announced his "66 USES FOR PERSISTENT VEGETARDS."

6 comments:

Justin's D! said...

LEAVE THE VEGETARDS ALONE!!!!

If I were a vegetard, I don't want anyone making any decisions for me except my family using our belief system and the consultation of the doctors treating me. Last person I want making decisions for me is W. He's screwed up enough on his own.

Rob said...

The problem is the parents of Schiavo want to keep her alive, but they are hoping against all hope. The husband is the legal guardian and he took great care of her for many years but finally came to the medical reality that she was gone. Her parents just won't accept this.

Justin's D! said...

I sympathize witht he parents. Of course, it's a sad situation and as parents it must be tremendously difficult to face the situation of your child passing. It's even sadder that the husband and the parents cannot agree as I am sure this is not what Terri would have wanted. Regardless, her brain scans do not/have not looked good and I doubt that there is a chance at recovery. It has been 15 years, it's not like Michael Schiavo has made a rash decision in his thinking. I'm sure he has exhausted all options and he says that Terri did not want to live this way. It's unfortunate that he does not have this in writing but again, he has not just turned his back on her. I'm sure he has received the consultation of several doctors and the prognosis is not good. It is a family decision and he is her family too. I would not want to be living that way either as that is not living in my opinion.

Rob said...

Here is the bottom line. There are no doctors that say she has a chance to improve. Parts of her brain have literally liquified. Many parents have a hard time letting go, and they just do not want to see their child die before them. This is a normal feeling - but they need to accept reality.

Justin's D! said...

Agree. It's unfortunate the parents and husband couldn't have decided together. I'm not going to pretend I can understand what they all must be going through and the feelings they have towards Terri and each other but I think it's ridiculous that Congress got involved. It's not their place.

There are several other cases out there similar to Terri's and are we to expect the government to get involved in all these cases? Again, not only a waste of time and money but it is NOT THERE PLACE!!!

Justin's D! said...

Agree. It's unfortunate the parents and husband couldn't have decided together. I'm not going to pretend I can understand what they all must be going through and the feelings they have towards Terri and each other but I think it's ridiculous that Congress got involved. It's not their place.

There are several other cases out there similar to Terri's and are we to expect the government to get involved in all these cases? Again, not only a waste of time and money but it is NOT THEIR PLACE!!!