Mar 292005
 

I know that Teri has been in the news quite a bit, and there are numerous angles that have been analyzed; and everyone seems to have their opinion. What I find pretty interesting, and very disturbing, and not really talked about much is that these latest rounds in the courts seem to have the burden of proof being on those that want to keep Teri alive. I realize that part of burden being skewed is because in cases such as these the burden of proof does tend to fall to the initiating party; but the requirements to demonstrate that Teri truly is in a “persistent vegetative state” seem minimal. Convicted murders, who have gotten the death penalty, are automatically appealed all the way through the various court levels to give every opportunity to make sure that an innocent person is not killed. Surprisingly, this same courtesy/protection is not afforded to those in a severely and profoundly handicapped state, even when there is clearly some doubt that Teri is in a “persistent vegetative state.” While it seems unlikely that my Multiple Sclerosis will progress to a point where I am even remotely close to severely and profoundly handicapped, there are certainly those that will progress to that point. It would seem that the winds of change, and Peter Singer, are blowing in; and those lives will not be legally protected. At least, for the moment, I have more moral value, and capacity for pleasure, than my dog so I guess I am safe. 🙁

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  12 Responses to “Yet Another Perspective on Terri Schiavo”

  1. If I ever get to that point I’ll also make an effort to steer clear of Clint Eastwood. Certainly wouldn’t want to be staring down the end of his 44 while he’s uttering: “Ya feeling lucky ya disabled punk!” My guess is that I wouldn’t! 😉

  2. Be careful – if I would have read this post without knowing you, I would have thought you were leaning pretty far to the liberal side. 🙂
    -S

  3. I saw some quotes from people protesting for/against that make me grin. A Handicapped NOW protester (very Liberal by her admission) quipped that she would prefer her life be protected by the Religious Right/Bush Admin than by the UCLA and the Florida Judicial system. When push comest to shove, people start to realize that they put thier eggs in the wrong damn basket.

  4. It is really important to have a living will so that YOUR wishes are known. That Hummer Bummer could run that red light tomorrow and you might be in that place that Terry is in right now.
    Mouse

  5. I spoke to -S about what the heck was “liberal” in my post; if there was I was missing it. Apparently she was having a blonde moment because she just thought liberal=extreme. She agreed that she meant right-wing nut job! 😉

  6. I even got an email from my Dad the other day with a living will for us to fill out. I couldn’t resist replying:

    You must have one because when you were in the dentist’s office I called
    him and told him you didn’t want to live like that, but they insisted
    that you were clear that you didn’t want to have the plug pulled. You
    must have been having a lucid moment?!?! Go figure, maybe you should
    keep your family better informed! 😉

    Besides, do you really need one now? If you didn’t end up in a
    “persistent vegetative state” when I was living at home and giving you
    all those aneurysms, nothing will!

    Furthermore, in Texas we do things a little different. If you are out
    of it, maybe because you had too many pearl lights in can and are passed
    out on the floor, then your “friends” and family get together and vote
    on whether you’re even worth killin’! 😉 (Now you know the real
    reason I don’t drink very often!)

  7. I think living wills are great, but I sure don’t want to be “put down” if I am not in a PVS, which is what a living will provides direction for. There are so many questions surrounding this, and I sure hate to see a precedent set of putting disabled people to death because “they would not want to live like that.”

    I would hate to have dementia, and I would never want to live through that or have my family deal with me that way, but gosh, you can’t put everyone to death with Alzheimer’s. This is a scary place to go, where she gets a death sentence, and no one will take a look at weither or not she is really equivically brain dead or rather severely and profoundly handicapped. I have seen the videos, and my heart goes out to her family.

    Sincerely,
    Brandy

  8. Hey! I resent the “blonde moment” remark!! They’re a rare occurance. 🙂
    -S

  9. Did someone call for a right-wing nut job!?

  10. Yeah -S they’re rare like the sun rising is rare! 😉

  11. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I respect your opinion…

    As an MS patient myself and knowing what the disease can do to a person, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it scares me to know that my cat, if terminally ill, could have a more merciful death than I would if I were in a persistant vegative state. I think that the time has come for more choices! If people want to be kept existing at any price, they have that right to be sure, it is a free country. but it’s just not what I would want myself.

    No one should ever have to die the way that Terri did 🙁

    Best,
    Ro

  12. Ro,
    I completely agree with you that starving, and dehydrating, someone to death in anything but humane. And I’m pretty certain that doing the same thing to an animal would be criminal cruelty.

    If it is humane, as so many have said, then why are we trying to feed all these families and kids in 3rd world countries?!?! Just let them all die until they can support their population.

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