A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

She didn't die, she was murdered.

I feel very strongly about the Terri Schiavo case. She did not die naturally; she was murdered by her "husband" Michael, the Courts of the State of Florida, and the "medical workers" at the Woodside Hospital.

For heaven's sake, the woman was not dying until she was denied two of the things every human needs to live: water and nutrients. To remove a feeding tube is the same as withholding milk from a baby.

I cannot believe that Jon Thogmartin, the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner, actually said, "Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not."

Well, duh! I still don't see why this is a humane thing to do. In the state of Florida it is illegal to starve a dog to death, but I guess a woman can be with no repercussions. Does it really matter that Terri couldn't eat or drink on her own? Could Christopher Reeve? He basically had machines or other people do everything for him. Shouldn't we have just gone the "Michael Schiavo" route with him too?

If one is going to decide to sustain or end a life on the basis of so-called "quality of life," then why do we send money and food to Africa? All those people dying of AIDS are never going to have better lives. Why not just use the "Michael Schiavo" Method there too? Apparently it is humane and a way to allow people to die with dignity. Tell that to those who saw the survivors of Nazi Concentration Camps. Those who made it out alive were so malnourished, one could see their bones sticking through their skin. But that doesn't matter, because at least they had their dignity.