Terry Schiavo is going to die soon. Scratch that- she’s going to be murdered.
She’s committed no crime. She suffers from no terminal illness. She can be saved. She wants to be saved. But she’s going to be killed. By doctors. Jollyblogger has an excellent summary of the situation- check him out for more.
What Terry’s husband isn’t telling you and what the media won’t tell you is that Terry is not in a persistent vegetative state. Other doctors have seen her and have concluded that she is not in a persistent vegetative state. She still responds to stimuli, she shows joy when she is around her mother and has given the family indications that she knows her life is threatened and doesn’t want to die.
You can read all about this at the website Terri’s Fight.
The devaluing of life continues. We are rapidly entering a world where the high priests of science tell us who’s worthy of life and who’s not. A Down’s Syndrome baby, who frequently will show more loyalty, more compassion, more moral judgment than a normal person, is judged unworthy of life. A person who is not yet independent of his mother is judged unworthy of life. Or just a woman who had an accident and needs medical care, but who’s husband is after her money so he can go on living with his mistress, is judged unworthy of life.
Some people, some of whom have promised never to come around here anymore (oh well), will accuse me of hypocrisy because I support the war and the so-called murderous Bush administration. And to that I’d answer that if you can’t distinguish between killing enemy combatants in war time, or accidental deaths in war time, on the one hand, and killing a helpless woman in a hospital bed whose only crime is difficulty expressing herself on the other hand, then remind me never to do business with you, and if you move in next door, let me know so I can put in a security system. You’re clearly unable to make the most basic moral judgments.
UPDATE: More thoughts here.
ANOTHER UPDATE: For those in the comments who keep saying I’ve got no evidence, here’s a very interesting post from a medical doctor examining the CT scan. I can’t judge the accuracy of what he’s saying, not being a medical doctor, but it certainly adds some question to the idea that “doctors agree” she must be PVS.