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March 24, 2005
Would You Want to Live Like That?
Doug of Bogus Gold asks that question and makes some interesting observations.
If Terri was a walking, talking person as fully functional as she used to be, we would not be having this debate. No court would sanction, and the public would not allow, her husband to have her starved to death - even if she explicitly asked him for such a thing. Yet it has become clear that because she now lives in a state a vast majority of people have determined they themselves would not want to live in, the value proposition of her life has changed in the eyes of the public. Not in the eyes of every single person, but certainly in the eyes of enough to allow it to happen.I was tempted to quote more of Doug's post, but realized that there is so much worth quoting that there would be little left for you all to read when you visit his site. (In other words, head over there and read a very thought provoking post.)
Posted by Rick at March 24, 2005 03:57 PM
There are, inevitably, other sides to this question.
There is a certain sympathy for Michael (court documents show, he at one point at least, tried his best to do right by his wife).
There are questions raised about the parents' motives.
There's the back story about the politicians' using the Schiavos. And add your reference.
The world is a complicated place, and the truth isn't always so clear cut.
I may be on the other side of the question to those on this blog, but I appreciate the role of faith in helping to clarify how to do the right thing (and why, for that matter). But I don't see why those that feel otherwise about the central question of whose life it really is have to be demonized. That would put the majority of Americans in that category.
Posted by: DemFromCT at March 25, 2005 08:33 AM