March 18, 2005

Schiavo

Shorter House Republicans:

We care more about providing long-term care for a body in an unrecoverable vegetative state than providing routine health care for the elderly and impoverished.

Which, of course, was obvious from the beginning.

This woman's forebrain no longer exists. She can't respond either to pleasure or severe pain, and she will never, ever recover. Her personality is permanently deceased, there's no one in there to communicate with. She can't think, can't feel, and only moves at all because the autonomic nervous system of the spinal cord can continue to function even when the brain itself has been essentially liquefied.

I certainly hope that if something so unfortunate were to happen to me, that my family would be able to move on, and not have to deal with a semi-animated corpse lying in a hospital bed after what makes me me has vanished forever. What a horrible fate, for all concerned.

Posted by natasha at March 18, 2005 05:16 PM | Human Rights | Technorati links |
Comments

This scenario frightens me more than death itself. I have always been at peace with my death, my faith has helped qualm the fear that holds on to most of us.

But my faith cannot reach beyond the grave to the decisions my family would make should I die like Ms. Schiavo. I can only tell them my wishes and hope that they would abide by them.

What Mr. Schiavo is going through is pure torture. He is trying to do the best thing for his wife.

How sad that her family is so selfish that they would rather have her memory represented by years of fighting to keep her body alive vs. a pleasant memory of the life she led before the accident. She will always be a vegetable to them.

Posted by: David Aquarius at March 19, 2005 12:24 AM

>We care more about providing long-term care for >a body in an unrecoverable vegetative state than >providing routine health care for the elderly >and impoverished.

No doubt about that Natasha. It is tragic when we have people out there alive and functioning working 3 jobs without healthcare.

It is just like the abortion issue, the GOP loves all fetuses, but when it comes to clothing, feeding and providing healthcare for them, they have no heart. Their hypocrisy and lunacy would be laughable, if it wasn't so sick and twisted.

Great Post! ~Amadeus

Posted by: Amadeus at March 19, 2005 03:14 AM

My thinking mirrors David's. I have no fear of death and I am often confused by these religious zealots who oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia. If they so love God, why would they rather force people to suffer miserably then be with Him/Her/It?

I have a living will and my family knows that nothing would infuriate me more than to be in Terri Schiavo's shoes now.

I just posted something off of CNN about the steps Terri will go through now if they leave her off the food tube. Nothing in the report indicates she will suffer now at all.

Posted by: Scott at March 19, 2005 07:07 AM

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Posted by: torridjoe at March 19, 2005 12:35 PM