March 21, 2005
Killed Because Their Lives are Not Worth LivingTopics: General
Terri's situation is important, not only because of her precious life, but also because her case takes our country a step over an important line. That is the line between avoiding fruitless efforts to save a dying person and withdrawing efforts to sustain a person who is not dying, on the basis of our assessment of his or her "quality of life." The truth is, many people are killed because someone decides their life would not be worth living. It happens to disabled newborn babies all the time. It happens to disabled children and adults. The difference in Terri's case is that it is happening in full public view.Some have written that the tragedy of Terri Schiavo's situation is that she did not have a living will. From my perspective, the real tragedy is that she is being legally killed because her presumed "quality of life" does not meet an acceptable standard.
Another tragedy is that Terri is not alone in her struggle for survival. In reality, there are numerous unnamed victims of mercy killing each year whose lives are taken because they lack some attribute or quality that others deem necessary to be a member of the ambiguous category of "persons".
We stand with Terri and all those who are suffering the same fate because their lives have an intrinsic value that does not depend upon their capabilities. We oppose those who would provide a litmus test for others to meet in order to be considered a person. Will you stand with us?
If they succeed in killing Terri, judges and politicians will increasingly determine who will be born, live, and die. We will enter a progressively more frightening and dreary society moving ever closer to the America portrayed in Joseph Baylyï¿½s, Winterflight, where the elderly, and even the young who have treatable chronic diseases, are eliminated. Donald May, Townhall, March 21, 2005
Posted by tim at March 21, 2005 3:20 PM
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