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March 26, 2005

What is the next step?


This has been a brutal, bitter hard week for anyone trying to save Terri Schiavo from cruel and powerful men. There are still a few chances left, and I am thankful and heartened to see the Schindler family still pursuing those options. Who knows, some powerful person may yet find the courage to act justly.

But if the cowardly delaying tactics of courts and legislators succeed in their clear aim of murdering Terri Schiavo, I want to ask my fellow bloggers not to give up this fight. There are helpless others who will soon have the knives at their throats, and we can't simply leave them to the mercy of men like Greer.

So what do we do for the next target of judicial homicide? In spite of the callous recalcitrance of the courts, there are some encouraging events we need to build on. I want to ask for help figuring out what went right, as well as what went wrong, so we can be more effective more quickly. (Blogs For Terri can't take comments right now because of the current massive traffic, but when the media has lost interest and the trolls have moved their graffiti efforts to other blogs, we need to have a longer conversation about this. In the meantime, you're welcome to leave comments on our blog and I'm sure any of the other blogs on the BFT blogroll.)

First encouraging sign, there is evidence that the much-overused dichotomy between Left and Right has bent and cracked in this case. Had we been able to break through the consistent media mantra that Terri is PVS, it might have shattered completely.

Second, both the Legislative and Executive branches of our federal government came together in an extraordinary fashion to try to break through judicial stonewalling. And it wasn't a party-line vote, either.

Third, there have been some judges - not enough yet, but we need to acknowledge them - who tried to stop this insanity. Is there any way we can give them a louder voice?

It will obviously be tempting to focus entirely on what (we think) went wrong. Strategies could have been modified, statements could be worded slightly differently. There is a lot of talk even now about this legal phrase, that legal twist, some other slight variation on the scenario that might have tipped the balance. Personally, I'm unconvinced that slight variations on the theme would have been enough. The recalcitrance of the courts has to be dealt with on a deeper, longer-term level.

We've made some important allies here and seen some extraordinary events. I would appreciate ideas on how to build on those advances for the next time a judge's hands are at the throat of an innocent helpless disabled person.

Cross-posted at Powers That Blog

Posted by powersthatblog at March 26, 2005 7:40 AM

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