Friday, April 01, 2005

Dying with Dignity

I just heard that the pope is dying with dignity. I wish the same could be said in regard to Terry Schaivo. No matter how much I understand and appreciate the complexity of her situation and those who care for her, nothing justifies starving someone to death. I'm amazed that people could sanction health care providers to do this, as if starving her is not euthanizing her. Who are they kidding? Can anyone walk away from this and not feel like they just killed someone?

I wouldn't starve my dog to death. We wouldn't starve prisoners to death. Why her? It would have been more honest and humane to give her a lethal injection. At least we do that much for people on death row. But they didn't do that because then it would have been murder.

As is often the case, it takes a death before justice is established. I hope that Terry's death will serve that purpose for others in her condition. It's an emotional and highly charged issue. I don't want to come across as self-righteous because I know there are many elements that have to be weighed in all of this. I just struggle with the thought of starving someone to death. It can't be the best decision.

If I'm ever in that situation and people want to kill me, then please tell them to kill me flat out. Don't let me suffer while they do the politically correct thing in order to salve their conscience.

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