Saturday, November 15, 2003

Terri Schiavo 

I've only occasionally followed the Terri Schiavo case. That being said, my view on this case is that if Michael Schiavo's case that Terri is truly in a Persistent Vegetative State, as it's called, then there is no ethical issue to discuss: there is nothing but a body there. But Michael Schiavo seems to have too much to gain from pulling Terri's plug to be someone to be looking after Terri's best interests. Plus the medical science on "Persistent Vegetative State" is ambiguous at best.

Wesley J. Smith writes in the Weekly Standard about the inhumane procedure of pulling the plug on someone who is not otherwise dying. It's a chilling prospect, and to say that dying by dehydration is "easy" or "painless" or "natural" is an outright lie in a case like this.

And here is an NPR interview from last month I've been meaning to post for a while. It makes you wonder exactly how "vegetative" someone diagnosed in PVS really is, and it is shocking how the medical profession can sometimes seem to be doing nothing more than the "see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil" routine in the face of contradicting evidence.
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