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April 5, 2005

The Aftermath: Lessons from Terri Schiavo's Life and Death

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

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
While the world's attention is focused on saying farewell to John Paul II, a great man who died peacefully last weekend, the world is finding no peace in what it has done to Terri Schiavo. The controversy over the decision of judges to starve her to death is not going away anytime soon--and that's a good thing.

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.

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Cross posted at BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at April 5, 2005 11:39 PM

Absolutely... I am not going to move on...Nope...Great post...your consistency is to be admired and emulated.

Posted by: Crystal Clear at April 6, 2005 2:35 AM

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