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March 22nd, 2005
Rights

I posted some articles about Terri Schiavo because I found them interesting. If I were in the husband’s shoes, I would have chosen to give up guardianship to the parents. I still don’t think I’ve gotten the whole story, since I’ve read conflicting reports of how much (or little) therapy was provided for her, varying reports about neglect, etc. I’m saddened by the whole situation.

I’m totally outraged at the actions of Congress because I do find it hypocritical. These same politicians are hostile to Medicaid, hostile to disability rights, hostile in general to the care and well-being of the already born, but then are falling all over themselves to help this poor woman. It’s political pandering of the worst kind.

I almost always fall on the side of disability rights advocates, so I linked to Not Dead Yet, one of the more vocal groups regarding death and dying issues. This article by their founder explains my discomfort with assisted suicide. Anyone who thinks that “society” will protect people when it’s cheaper to kill them than care for them, well… you’re wrong.

It’s all shades of grey. Myself, I would prefer to err on the side of keeping someone alive, mostly because death is pretty much final.

Posted by Claire at 02:31 PM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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