Thursday, March 24, 2005

Not With A Bang, But A Whimper 

So the Supremes have decided:
"The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request from the parents of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo for an emergency order allowing her feeding tube to be reinserted...
The Supreme Court's action marked the fourth time since January that it has refused to intervene in the emotional right-to-die case, in which Christian activists have supported the parents against Terri Schiavo's husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo."
This, in spite of the amicus brief filed by that old kitten-lover Bill Frist and his attendant ghouls, Santorum and Martinez (R-what else?).

This has all been just sad. Being a parent myself, I can't hate Terri Schiavo's parents for their determination. But at some point it seems that their own selfish desire to hang on to a memory of their child overtook the reality with which they were confronted, and what is left of Terri has been sacrificed to maintaining that fantasy. Even a dog would have been allowed a better death.

When you think of all the need medical care being denied in this country to those too impoverished to afford it, this scenario has been more than pitiful. It's been an outrage.

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