The Terri Schiavo Story

I generally avoid the mass-market stories, such as Kobe Bryant, preferring instead to focus on economics and politics, particularly foreign policy. The Terri Schiavo story has upset me enough, though, to post on it briefly.

In short, if her parents want her alive she should be kept alive. If the husband wants a divorce so he can move on with his life, I can understand. For the life of me, though, I can’t figure out why he wants her to die and won’t just get a divorce and hand over guardianship of Terri to her parents. Her parents seem to want the burden of caring for her and they should be allowed. I don’t think it’s money because, as I heard on the news the other day, almost all of the insurance has been used to keep her in the hospital. I may be wrong and Dean seems to think money has something to do with it.

Not allowing her to receive Last Rites because it requires a communion wafer is outrageous. I applaud the Florida legislature and Jeb Bush for overruling the courts and having her feeding tube reinstated.

This situation is a case example of the need for a living will, which I may pursue myself. For the record, I would NOT want to be kept alive in Terri’s circumstances after several doctors have determined that I’m going to be in a permanent vegetative state. Let this end any confusion should I end up in her tragic predicament.

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