April 24, 2005
Clara Martinez: Saved From Death or Stay of Execution?Topics: News
That was how Salvador Martínez reacted to the forces unleashed by La Raza, which in 24 hours had obligated him to change his decision to suspend feeding for his wife Clara. After 30 days he authorized reconnecting the feeding tube. The women who the physicians had declared beyond hope is now receiving food and water, while her future is being discussed at the family level.In other words, "God's wishes" may yet be trumped by man's, as Clara's life remains in the hands of others in negotiations that include the man responsible for her being starved for more than 30 days!
The impact of the information published on the front page last week and on La Raza Online was felt immediately. The situation of this 39-year-old Mexican woman who a year and a half ago suffered the debilitating consequences of a stroke has shaken Chicago's Latin community and had repercussions throughout the United States.Thank you, La Raza, for demonstrating the power of a free press and showing up the mainstream media, which like Telemundo had shamefully ignored the story, which apparently conflicted with their anti-life agenda.
Her husband...had signed a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order and ordered feeding withheld. The woman survived through all those days with only water.Sort of like, "INRI" hung over the cross of Jesus Christ.
According to Pastor Guillermo Espinoza of the Hispanic Evangelical Church, who serves as chaplain at an area hospital and became aware of Clara's case while she was interned in a nursing home, Salvador Martínez always maintained that his wife would not want to go on living under these conditions.As long as Salvador Martinez remains Clara's legal guardian, her life remains in danger, particularly, should he subsequently move to evict Clara's mother from the house he owns.
Last Sunday at three in the afternoon, some 40 people got together in front of the house for a vigil, praying and singing hymns. Inside several of Clara's relatives had gathered in a kind of "conclave."In other words, a legal guardian can starve you to death unless a judge--like Judge Greer, for instance?--overrules him. You see why Clara's life, why no man's life, is safe when murder is a private act and no longer treated as a crime.
Salvador Martínez and the rest of the family has avoided speaking to reporters. According to what Pastor Espinoza told La Raza, "There is still some resentment, but what is important is that Clara is well...."That offer still stands. Indeed, CURE has been in touch with an attorney in Chicago, who has offered to assist the family in defending Clara Martinez's life.
Posted by earl at April 24, 2005 10:08 PM
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