April 12, 2005
How "Terri's case" was Handled in ArgentinaTopics: International
-contributed by: Anna Nordin (received via email)
The Supreme court of the province of Buenos Aires recently resolved a case of a 38 year old woman hydrated and fed by feeding tube in stomach who is otherwise healthy and breathing on her own, coughing and blinking. The husband asked for the disconnection of the feeding tube and the parents and brother were opposed. The court ruled in favor of keeping the woman alive and denied the husband's request to have the feeding tube removed.
The judge ruled that the feeding tube was NOT an extra-ordinary means of keeping a patient alive and said they (the court) had an obligation to ensure a person was kept alive wherever possible when only ordinary means of support are required. Our judicial system has no rules or laws other than those that defend life.
Only in cases where a person is kept alive by EXTRA-ordinary means do the the judges analyze the wishes of the disabled person that authorize the disconnection of life support and that decision is most personal and cannot be determined by someone else.
In cases such as that of Terri Schiavo in the United States, where the life of the disabled person depends on feeding, one cannot do anything but remember the ancestral norms that order that we feed the hunger and give drink to the thirsty and even more than this, there has to be a fundamental crtieria for humanity that should prevail. Our laws don't even open the possiblity of doing otherwise.
cross posted at Hyscience
Posted by richard at April 12, 2005 8:26 AM
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