Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Euthanize this

Terry Schiavo has been in the news lately - allegedly she's hopelessly vegetative and hubby wants to yank her feeding tube. Her family is opposing it, apparently with some evidence.

OK, this nothing we haven't seen before, right? Karen Ann Quinlan was my favorite example - she hung around for years after going into a "persistent vegetative state". She finally died of pneumonia after 10 years.

I can't see keeping people around forever with no hope of recovery, but then there's euthanasia. Euthanasia IMO is about the slipperiest slope around, and that may in fact be what we're dealing with in the Terry Schiavo situation. Or something like it, anyway.

Because as Medpundit tells us, Terry Schiavo's husband has a rather severe conflict of interest. He used to abuse her and has fathered a child with another woman. And he has her power of attorney for health care.

IMO the euthanasia supporters ought to see to it that this is investigated thoroughly, lest their issue be turned into just another form of murder.

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