February 23, 2005
If They Can Do This To Terri - When Will They Come for My Son?Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts
Today Terri Schiavo lies at the brink of execution by order of the court, she reacts to stimuli, interacts with her family, feels pain, says things like momma and help me, and yet - according to Judge George Greer and Michael Schiavo, she's a worthless human being worthy of death by starvation and dehydration. Today it's Terri, but...
Thanks to Tom McMahon, for writing about his son:
In February 1991 our son Ryan suffered a severe brain injury. He was in the hospital for 6 months, and has never regained the ability to walk or talk. He cannot answer Yes or No by any means. He is totally dependent on our care. When he came home from the hospital, he had a feeding tube to his stomach just like Terri Schiavo does now.
Right now the chess game in the courts continues. And when Terri Schiavo is put to death, you all will feel bad about it for a while, but it will slowly fade from memory as you move on to other things. But for us, a haunting question will remain: When Will They Be Coming For Ryan?
See a related post on the experience of others.
If the current battle were only about Terri Schiavo it would be worth waging. It's not. There are thousands of others who are watching in horror as the courts bestow the legal right to murder on Michael Schiavo. There were many victims who were not well known that preceded Terri. There were will be thousands more if this is not stopped here.
Posted by Hyscience at February 23, 2005 10:29 AM
There were will be thousands more if this is not stopped here.
How should it be stopped? Specifically, what legal provision ought to be changed? Should there be a change in substantive law, or just a raising of evidentiary standards? Should right-to-die laws be eliminated, and living will provisions that relate to vegetative states be disallowed?
Posted by: jpe at February 23, 2005 12:09 PM
This question haunts us as well! Our daughter was diagnosed with neuronal migration disorder about 15 months ago(she is now 18 months old),has seizures, and is on a feeding tube just as Terri Schiavo. When we watch the videos of Terri, we see our daughter-she cannot do anything for herself but she responds to mom & dad, says "ma" "ow" and feels pain. We feel that if Terri is sentenced with this horrendous death in the name of justice, who knows where this slippery slope of euthanasia will end.....Please try to help-someone once said on this website, a society is judged by how it treats the weakest of its' members....can we just stand by and watch her die...if we do, we are just as guilty.
Posted by: Ed & Shelley at February 24, 2005 9:46 AM
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