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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Now We Are Starving Our Own

When Beazer, my long-time sidekick, got too old to walk, Paula and I did the merciful thing. We had her put to sleep. Her agony was ended in a matter of seconds. Had we decided to starve her to death instead, we probably would have been reported to the authorities and thrown in jail.

If we all agree that an injection is a humane way of ending the suffering of little animals, why are we allowing the state of Florida to starve - over the next two weeks - a severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo? That slow agonizing process began yesterday. A judge (!) has ordered that her feeding tube be removed.

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — With Terri Schiavo lying in her hospice bed, the world around her was in the midst of a political and legal storm: Congress was issuing subpoenas demanding she be brought before a hearing, lawyers were filing last-ditch appeals and a politician was leveling claims of "barbarism."

But in the end, the judge presiding over the case, Circuit Judge George Greer, rebuffed the unprecedented subpoena effort by Republicans in Congress to keep the severely brain-damaged woman alive, and doctors pulled her feeding tube soon after.

Schiavo, 41, could linger for more than a week without the tube, provided no one intercedes and gets it reinserted — as happened twice before. (link)
This is what we've come to. We are now starving to death the weakest amongst us. And we are justifying it by saying that's what she would have wanted.

Even a mongrel gets better treatment. This is shameful beyond words.

Letting Nature Take Its Course

Here's an example of the mindset of those who think Terri Schiavo should be killed by the state of Florida. It comes from the normally rational New York Post:
Yesterday, the case's presiding judge ordered that the tube be removed — which occurred a few hours later — claiming that Congress overreached.

Which, in fact, it had.

The Terri Schiavo case is difficult.

Yet, Congress can't allow one family's emotional drama to set a precedent for a wholesale trampling of the principles of federalism and limited government.

Nature now will take its course in accordance with Florida law.

This is tragic, but as it should be. (link)
The Post is concerned about an overreaching Congress. But not concerned at all that the government has ordered Terri Schiavo to be starved to death. They consider it nothing more than nature taking its course. Like we don't naturally feed our very young. Or our very old.

Tell me, what is natural about sitting around watching this poor woman starve to death over the next two weeks?

"Tragic, but as it should be." Shame on you.