March 8, 2005
The Sick and Injured's Perfect Storm: How will they fair in Euthanasia's Roe v. Wade?Topics: News
The lives of the sick, the disabled, and the frail are in danger and a perfect storm, a triple threat to life and the fabric of what separates human kind from becoming inhumane, is dangerously close to tearing that fabric to shreds. Saving Terri Schiavo is a barrier we can't afford to let fall.
The plight of Terri Schiavo's parents to save her is not a case of "refusing extraordinary medical treatment to just let nature take its course." Terri Schiavo is not dependent on any mechanical devices and requires only a feeding tube to give her nourishment and water (and even this requirement could possibly be eliminated with therapy).
Food and water do not constitute extraordinary medical treatment, and once withdrawn under court order, it will take over a week for her to die of thirst and starvation. Still, Michael Schiavo, his attorney George Felos, and Judge George Greer want Terri Schiavo to die. After all, she's disabled and not a perfect specimen of human kind. She isn't productive and requires help and assistance for the basics of life - food, water, and shelter. And in what a is described in a World Magazine article today by Gene Edward Veith as "a breathtaking example of judicial activism, when the Florida legislature passed a law to protect Terri Schiavo," the Florida Supreme Court tossed out that law!
But pro-euthanasia forces aren't just using the courts. They're fighting in the culture as well.
Two days after Judge Greer's death sentence, the Academy Awards gave their top prizes to two propaganda films advocating euthanasia. Taking Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby has a boxing coach showing his love to his daughter-figure by euthanizing her after a disabling accident. Taking the Best Foreign Film award was The Sea Inside, a Spanish movie about Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic whose 30-year campaign to end his life made him a hero of the "death with dignity" movement.
And now in a perfect storm of euthanasia-related developments—the same week as the Schiavo decision and the euthanasia-fest at the Oscars—the Supreme Court, which refused to hear an appeal from Mrs. Schiavo's parents, announced that it will rule on Oregon's law permitting physician-assisted suicide. The Bush administration filed suit to overturn the law, under which 171 people have died. The administration argues that allowing physicians to kill people by lethal injection violates federal laws against administering fatal drugs.
Related: Save Terri Schiavo: How You Can Help
Posted by richard at March 8, 2005 2:45 PM
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