April 5, 2005
The Aftermath: Lessons from Terri Schiavo's Life and DeathTopics: Commentary
Sometimes it's best to just let the article speak for itself, and this is one of those ....
- BreakPoint, by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley
Many commentators are suggesting that the legal fiasco surrounding Terri was foisted on us by Christian zealots. This view is totally untrue.
In fact, the most compelling argument for saving Terri was made, not by a Christian, but by Harriet McBryde Johnson, a disabled lawyer and self-professed atheist.
(...) First, she says, Terri Schiavo was not terminally ill. This case was not about "end-of-life" decision-making; it was about intentionally killing a disabled woman by denying her food and water.
(...) Second, Terri was not on life support. She was simply being fed through a tube. Is this method of feeding fundamentally different from feeding someone with a spoon? As Johnson puts it, "No matter how you answer that, it has nothing to do with whether a person should live or die."
(...) Third, Terri's case is not about a patient's right to refuse medical treatment--not, that is, unless we call eating and drinking "treatment." If we do, then all of us, every time we eat a meal, are acting to artificially extend our lives.
cross posted at Hyscience
Posted by richard at April 5, 2005 10:40 PM
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