“The tragedy is that Terri’s parents simply want their daughter back from the man who promised to care for her, but who backed away from his promise. It appears that they can’t have her.”
Tony Woodlief speaks sad truth. Many of us are crying and will cry- for our various reasons- and there is a real lasting sorrow in the Schindler’s lives.
I’ve heard noises from the Left that the interventions on Terri’s behalf and the laws that are being proposed are “bad law” and “unconstitutional”. But where is the discussion on the same basis that the judicial activism that takes the will of the people off the books is, and has been, unconstitutional? Where is that admission?
It is quibbling to point out the interest of those who are pro-life in this case of Terri Schiavo. These are matters concerning the morality of ending life, particularly life that is innocent of convicted wrongdoing, as defined by the laws of the land.
Does the conviction that life has dignity and rights in any way diminish the sincerity of protest in this case? I can’t see the logic in that reasoning.
I do see the reason in the voices that give expression to the idea that our imaginations of what a person would desire to choose couldn’t possibly be projected from afar. This is life, not ivory tower chess games.
It is not “bad Law’ to put a persons medical choice into the hands of that person and in those who are representing their best interest. It seems reasonable to add opinions of the attending physicians within the definition of those best interests. Most living wills are set up that way.
“If you were to be Terri Schiavo’s place, on which side would you like the world to err?”
Woodlief is right. We will go back to our lives when this blows over and away from the public eye. But what will we have done to ensure that our laws are clear and protecting our most important freedom: the right to exist when others may find us inconvenient or burdensome?
That is the question that keeps me thinking about this case…. what will become of us as a society that values the life of the individual if we do not face squarely the tragedy of the Schindler’s and their daughter?
A criminal through executive pardon has more chance at reprieve from execution than someone like Terri in our present system.
How unjust is that?