March 21, 2005
While we're waiting...Topics: General
It's hard to consider the next step while waiting for yet another judge to pontificate on whether Terri Schiavo should (continue to!) be starved to death. Don't forget to pray; but also, remember that your congresscritters still need to hear from you.
Federal and State representatives still need to hear us say that this travesty should never be allowed to happen again.
Think about the things that have put Terri in this position, and ask yourself which issues most resonate with you.
In guardianship issues, should judges be allowed to ignore evidence of significant trauma in deciding the fitness of a legal guardian? At what point should the question of fitness be an automatic consideration, regardless of who may happen to hold a legal position of authority?
When guardians (ad litem or otherwise) fail to follow the most basic expectations of our society for one entrusted with the well-being of another, at what point should the problem become public and how should the guardianship be removed?
When judges refuse to consider multiple lines of evidence that do not conform to the premises on which a ruling has to be based, at what point (and how) should other branches of government step in?
When a judge has so utterly, miserably, and consistently failed in his duties, at what point should the other branches of government be required to step in? And how should they do it?
Undoubtedly readers of this blog will come to different conclusions on these questions than my own (and no doubt some think the very questions are wildly biased!). That's fine by me. But don't forget, as we wait for the latest development here, that others like Terri need the protection she has not had. Call your representatives, and let them know your thoughts on these issues.
Terri Schiavo is starving. Let's make sure no one else has to go through her suffering at the hands of judges again.
(Postscript: The word "congresscritters" comes from one of the all-time great political cartoons, Walt Kelly's POGO. It's not intended to be an insult.) :)
Posted by powersthatblog at March 21, 2005 3:54 PM
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