Disgusting. It fills my mind with revulsion to consider the main actors keeping this woman (they claim to love) alive, while at the same time using her as a pawn in their religio-mania agenda. There is no form of life lower than those who would use the defenseless to advance their life-denying agenda.
Didn't Jesus say, "And God shall strike down with great fury and damnation those who use brainless people as political pawns." If he didn't, well, he died young. And unfortunately the punishment is not coming to pass. Otherwise we'd have several congressmen and preachers dead and tucked away in hell by now. They, or course, have double guilt. They use Schiavo, without much functional brain due to anoxia, and they use their flock, without much functional brain due to religio-mania.
Let's look at the facts. These are facts. They are not open to interpretation, they cannot be ignored.
Fact #1: Schiavo has been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for the last 15 years with no signs of recovery. That is a fact. Her doctors have diagnosed her with this condition. There is no recovery possible. There is no content to her consciousness. She has no subjective self. She may display rudimentary movements, but the diagnosis is NOT minimally conscious state, it is persistent vegetative state. It is permanent. She will not get better.
Fact #2: Schiavo’s wishes, before she had what should have been a fatal cardiac arrest, are clear. She would not have desired care in this situation. This is from the testimony of her husband. It is entered into court documents as fact.
Now the majority leader in congress, DeLay, says, "Terri Schiavo will not be forsaken." Mr. DeLay, you will not be forgiven. Mr. Delay uses this case to distract from his own legal, to say nothing of ethical, problems regarding fund-raising and his violations of congressional travel rules. Now here's a chance to play great moralist to the nation. For shame, for shame.
Mr. DeLay, while clearly not one of the last bastion’s of morality in
Prolonging Schiavo's life is legitimized based on the worst sorts of arguments that removing a feeding tube is equal to killing Schiavo, which not only ignores the facts above, but reveals ignorance about euthanasia's definition, futility, and the appropriate role of medical care. I find it disingenuous. No-one can be this stupid without serious faith-based brainwashing.
Things are no better on the democrat side, the Democrat's Reid, keeping a careful eye on the expanse of red, where Schiavo's chess masters reside, is not blocking the bill.
An odd contradiction arises when these right to life people get up and start their horrible din. They use language with a lot of right-to-life talk. How holy life is. How valuable. How priceless. Which is fine - no human ought to argue against the value of life. But part of life's value is dignity and the ability to make choices. I'm just going to quote myself.
Seen on a bumper sticker, "The best day fishing beats the worst day working." If we bring that into relevance: Is the following true, "The best day spent dead beats the worst day spent alive?" I'd say not. I've seen suffering. I know how bad the worst day can be. And death, when it comes, can be a blessing.
Schiavo has lost so much dignity over the past 15 years. A once fully functional woman now requires people to clean her body of feces and urine. At what point does the loss of dignity, the loss of cerebral function, allow the removal of artificial means of extending her life?
I do not know. I would not make that decision for anyone other than for myself. And I know that for myself, I would not wish such an existence (not that I would be conscious of it, but I would prefer outright death to the mind's equivalent – if only because outright death involves less fecal matter on my body). Schiavo apparently desired the same. Her desires are clear. Further care, against her wishes, is called assault and battery.
To fail to recognize these points is innocent. But to not only make this failure of imagination and of empathy, but to launch from there into an attempt to control other's behavior is a great wrong. Many great wrongs in this world result from such innocence. Islamofascism exists in part, because the Mullah's believe what they say. By trying to maintain the value of Schiavo's life, her congressional, media, and blogging enemies unknowingly devalue it by attempting to deny her of the choices she made when she was mindful. In fact, there is really only one choice left to her, and that is when.
What will happen is unclear. What is clear is that our legislative government has entered into a new realm. A realm in which they display no hesitation in interfering with personal decisions. Here we see one of the oddest contradictions: conservatives, who would lament a big government, are prepared to grant government the power over the manner in which we die.