Terri Schiavo’s Feeding Tube Removed
Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube has been removed.
I have written so much on this subject, there is really no point in saying it all again. My posts about Terri Schiavo are collected here.
There are two things on which, I would hope, most people could agree. First: starving and dehydrating a person to death is cruel. If we wouldn’t do it to our pet, we shouldn’t do it to a human. Second: absent a clear written directive, substantial controversies regarding a patient’s wishes on life-and-death issues should not be resolved by a single judge according to a civil standard of proof. I make that argument here.
Listening to the radio today, I could tell that most people are ignorant of the basic facts of this case. For example, Morton Kondracke said on Hugh Hewitt’s show that this is about how we treat terminally ill people — even though it is undisputed that Schiavo is not terminally ill. I think this is a good example of the way that people’s view of this case is colored by their own painful personal experiences, to the point where many are unable to look at the facts of the Schiavo case on its own merits.
In the extended entry, I pick a few of of my past posts on this issue, for the benefit of those who don’t know the facts.