March 18, 2005
Calling All Liberal Bloggers! Let's work together to save a life! We need you.Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts
Every once in a while there comes along one of those issues that can help to bring people together, for a change. As Ace of Spades has so correctly nailed, Terri's cause just may be one of those. In order to save the life an innocent person, in order to at the very least make an error that is not irreversible, let's please come together and see to it that we help to bring reason and justice to this highly emotional, and what has become highly political, trend-setting case that will affect the lives of disabled and elderly people everywhere. Terri's case has been misinterpreted as a right-to-die case, it's not, it's a right-to-live case, and only her husband claims otherwise, and he may have reasons to want Terri dead.
As Ace describes the husband, "A man who has been involved with another woman for years and has sired children by that woman. A man who was awarded $1.2 million in a malpractice case, and will no longer have to pay any expenses for Terri, other than funeral costs, once she passes. The husband is not what you normally would call a disinterested party. Not generally the sort of witness whose testimony you'd take as the gold standard.
From Ace of Spades:
Okay, there's a lot of animosity between liberals and conservatives in the blogosphere. But occasionally we do find common cause -- Trent Lott, for example.
I think we can find common cause again. And achieve results. And maybe save a life.
I think many liberals don't much care about the Terri Schiavo matter not because they don't value life, but because they value even more highly an individual's autonomy.
And that's understandable.
And I think further that many liberals assume that Terri Schiavo is just one of many right-to-die cases in which a person's autonomy is being challenged and thwarted by religious righties with an agenda. I think liberals are not really very well acquainted with the case; I think they are, understandably enough, simply putting in into the individual vs the state template, or the individual vs meddling religious righties template, and basing a decision on those templates.
But those templates do not apply here. This is not the typical right-to-die case. Terri Schiavo is not on videotape, as Dr. Kervorkian's clients were, stating clearly her desire and intent to take her own life. She signed no Living Will specifiying that in certain dire medical circumstances she would prefer to be left to die rather than kept alive.
She expressed to no one, even verbally, her general preference to die in dire medical circumstances.
Well-- that last point is actually the whole subject of debate in this case.
Posted by Hyscience at March 18, 2005 11:44 AM
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