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October 23, 2003

Killing Terri Schiavo

The Terri Schiavo case shows the best and the worst in people. There are people that have never known her and the ones that have known her all of her life are desperately trying to keep this young woman alive despite the efforts of her husband, his lawyers and the courts to kill her by removing her feeding and hydration tubes.

The chilling, ghoulish rhetoric used by George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, to describe the intervention of the Florida legislature and Governor Bush to save Schiavo's life is indicative of a world gone mad:

"George Felos, an attorney for husband Michael Schiavo, said Florida's Republican governor and GOP-controlled Legislature had flouted the "fundamental right to make our own medical treatment choices." He also said there was no hope for the woman's recovery."

Make our own medical treatment choices? Terri Schiavo cannot make her own medical treatment choices. A surrogate has to do that for her. Her surrogate at the moment is Michael Schiavo. Michael is, at the moment, living with another woman with whom he has fathered a child or two. Michael stands to gain one million dollars in untaxed insurance proceeds when Terri is killed. Michael is the one who occasionally comes to the hospital to visit his formerly beloved wife and asks the nurses "Is the bitch still alive?" It is fairly obvious that Terri Schiavo is an inconvenient burden to her husband Michael. A new surrogate needs to be appointed by the court.

Those favoring killing Terri Schiavo include people like Jeffrey Spike, an associate professor of medical humanities who make statements to the effect although Terri makes sounds and appears to be conscious she is not. I'd be willing to bet Dr. Spike's eyes move and he appears to be conscious too.

Then there are those who are trying to paint this as a Republican-Democrat issue. If the Democrats jump on the Let's Kill Terri Sciavo bandwagon I seriously doubt that there will be wide spread support for their stand from any reasonable person.

- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 10/23/2003 09:13:00 AM    |

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