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March 1, 2005

Should Terri Schiavo Live Or Die? A Jewish Perspective

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

- Danial Eisenburg, M.D. at aish.com via Jews For Life

It is a denial of the Jewish ideal of the fundamental value of life that drives the forces that wish to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

The Torah teaches us that every moment of life is intrinsically valuable; life itself is never futile.

To remove the feeding tube from a patient whose only impairment is cognitive is simply murder.

The Terri Schiavo saga in Florida, where a patient in a vegetative state has recently had her feeding tube reinserted by order of the legislature and governor, reminds us of the reality of modern life. An inescapable result of the extraordinary technological progress of the last several decades has been that critically ill patients who would have died early in their illnesses, often in the relative comfort of their homes, are now kept alive much longer in hospitals, often suffering great pain.

In addition to the component of human misery involved in discussions of medical treatment of the irreversibly ill, the skyrocketing cost of healthcare, particularly the large percentage of healthcare consumed in the last six months of life, have led to calls to limit "futile" treatments. Today, when there are almost limitless therapeutic options but limited economic resources, society may not be willing to provide "useless" therapies to patients who will not benefit.

Posted by Hyscience at March 1, 2005 2:49 PM

CAN THE DOCTORS WHO ARE CARING FOR THAT UNFORTUNATE WOMAN AND WHO HAVE DIAGNOSED HER AS IN A VEGETATIVE STATE BE WRONG IN WANTING TO END HER SUFFERING. RIGHT TO LIFE CANNOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CASE. THANK YOU

Posted by: ART SHEFRIN at March 19, 2005 5:24 PM

CAN THE DOCTORS WHO ARE CARING FOR THAT UNFORTUNATE WOMAN AND WHO HAVE DIAGNOSED HER AS IN A VEGETATIVE STATE BE WRONG IN WANTING TO END HER SUFFERING. RIGHT TO LIFE CANNOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CASE. THANK YOU

Posted by: ART SHEFRIN at March 19, 2005 5:24 PM

This lady is NOT BRAIN DEAD. I watched her on TV. If her "husband," who by the way has fathered additional children since her accident with another woman, and had gotten 1,000,000 of which he kept >$300,000 for himself really was not interested in the money, he would give up all rights to the money and donate it to charity.

The money from the settlement was there to take care of her and not to provide a nest egg for him and his paramour!!!

It is clear, this is about money. He should step out of the way and let her biological family take over for him.

Posted by: Philip Leonard at March 21, 2005 9:29 PM



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