Friday, March 25, 2005

Get A Living Will...

I think the whole Terri Schiavo episode is very sad and tragic for everyone involved. That being said I also feel that the courts have done the right thing. If Terri Schiavo had requested of her husband not to be ever be in a condition like she is now it is his responsibility, as her guardian, to see her request honored. I can understand why people are upset but the decision is not up to them. We have laws in place to address situations like these and we are a nation of laws, not of men. Some people are complaining that the courts are rushing this, ignoring the fact that it has been ongoing for 15 years already. Many courts and judges have heard the case and the decision is always the same.

She is in a persistent vegetative state. This is defined as a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:

(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of any kind.
(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.

Now it is really sad that this has become a political issue. Congress should not have tried to intervene. This was just grandstanding. Lots of last minute “evidence” keeps popping up to delay the inevitable. I feel that both fanatical conservatives and liberals are refusing to budge for fear of the “camels nose getting under the tent”. The one thing I think everyone can agree on is the need for a living will…


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