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March 19, 2005

MSNBC's Caplan All Wrong on Schiavo

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In the course of his brief article, Arthur Caplan has demonstrated that he is unfamiliar with important facts of the case, unfamiliar with the moral authority of marital relations and the ways such authority can be compromised, and grossly unaware of the dangers of the principles he is advocating.

- from Imago Dei

Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, has penned an irresponsible piece of nonsense ("The time has come to let Terri Schiavo die") for MSNBC. His piece is yet another example of bad opinion from major media outlets. It's also an example of how the "experts" can be brilliantly wrong in their assessments of a situation - even one within their own field of expertise.

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Posted by richard at March 19, 2005 10:42 PM

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When I first read this piece yesterday on MSNBC I couldn't believe what I was reading. I emailed Dr. Caplan back, referring to his creative view of marital fidelity, and suggested that his education far exceeds his intelligence. Dr. Caplan's non sequitur of Mr. Schiavo's husband status suggests he may require lessons in reality training.

Posted by: Elmo Q. Shangnaster at March 19, 2005 11:01 PM

Great response. I had the misfortune to be stuck on hold waiting to get a turn on The Big Talker 1210am radio today, listening to Dr. Caplan as he was a guest on the show. Here is an email I sent while waiting on hold.
Joe this is killing me listening to Dr. Caplan.

Her FRIENDS did not confirm her wish, it was HIS family.

She can probably survive without the tube, IF the Judge would ALLOW her to be hand fed.

He is giving the Courts and her "husband" too much credit. Most of these decisions have been made by the same judge, without HEARING much of the evidence.

The husband gave up his rights when he began cohabitating and having children with another woman. If not, he would then be a bigamist.

He also did not bring this right to die wish up until 7 years after her mysterious collapse, which really is unexplained. NOT a heart attack since her cardiac enzymes were not elevated, and probably not even a true or severe enough electrolyte imbalance as it was easily corrected by one shot(dose) of Potassium.

It appears that his wish to have her dead and immediately cremated could possibly be a wish to hide the history of trauma a bone scan showed. Otherwise, wouldn't it stand to reason if he truly had nothing to hide, he would be all for an investigation to clear his name and reputation.

Posted by: I hope. at March 19, 2005 11:15 PM

Has anyone considered asking the police officers who make up the police line how they feel about what they are doing.

Posted by: Robert Barnes at March 20, 2005 1:58 PM

I am outraged that Terri's feeding tube was removed and this country is going to let her starve to death!! If this is the case where does it end? Dog's Tree's and even our cars are treated better then this. This is not a free country! It is Hitler all over agin!!!! And someone needs to stop this slaughter imediately!!! Or are you going to wait until it is too late? Do something NOW!!! Terri is an innocent human being and NO ONE has the right or the say to put her to her death!! She needs extra attention yes but in NO WAY does she deserve death!!! May GOD help her and the people who agree with the MURDER of Terri...

Posted by: Sharon Johnson at March 20, 2005 4:04 PM