Thursday, March 24, 2005

Playing God with Terri Schiavo

Since when have we as a society decided who is and who is not worth living? I thought that we are a compassionate society who sees every life as valuable. Terri is being tortured because she did not have a living will. Now, since she is married we look to her husband to give everyone the voice that Terri cannot give. He is supposed to be acting in the interest of his wife. His history shows me otherwise. Her "husband" has obviously moved on with his life. He has a girlfriend which he has children with. He has refused any type of treatment, or rehabilitation for her. She is not even allowed to watch television. How is this acting in the best interest of your wife? Terri is severly disabled, but she is awake and responsive. She only needs the feeding tube attatched during mealtimes. I obviously cannot speak for Terri, but there are many people out there who have debilitating diseases that fight on and live on. "Life" means different things to different people, but it is something that I think we should value, even if it's not "perfect". It's really sad for me to see that a person will go to jail for starving a dog, but the same will not happen if it is done to a human being.


Blogger Don said...

[quote]It's really sad for me to see that a person will go to jail for starving a dog, but the same will not happen if it is done to a human being.

Just call it liberalism at its finest.

For a very indepth look at the Schiavo case just check out our friends over at
Numerous posts on the ups and downs of this situation.

3/24/2005 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger matthewRI said...

Don -

I believe that the sacred institution of marriage gives the partner in love and in spirit the voice to speak for his or her other half.

I find it shameful that people desecrate the institution and sacrament of marriage by saying that they know better.

3/25/2005 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Don said...

What is shameful, is that you think it shameful for parents to want to see their daughter live.

What is shameful is that this has become a partisan issue.

What is shameful is that the integrity of both her husband and parents has been called into question.

What is shameful is that Terri cannot speak for herself.

What is shameful is that she will probably die a slow, horrible death - the likes of which we would not wish on our worst enemies.

Matt, leaving aside the fact that the Schiavo's marriage was...uh...not perfect to say the least when events befell Terri, your comment is typical of the same partisan montra we hear daily.

I don't and didn't know Terri. Her husband and family did. They are the ones most affected. And they will have to live with the decisions they made regarding her life.

3/26/2005 10:42:00 PM  

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