March 21, 2005

A woman's right to choose.

Abortion isn't the only issue on which a woman's right to make her own choices about her life is under attack. As this bioethicist points out (scroll down), all of the major right-to-die cases in the US over the past three decades have involved women, not men:

Though the families of many vegetative patients - male and female - have faced life-or-death decisions over the years, the plights of injured young women are more likely to engage the public and attract right-to-life advocates, says Steven Miles, a professor for the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.

"People say, "She needs to be rescued, she needs to be cared for,"' Miles said in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times.

Miles said life-support measures on men are seen as an "assault" but with women, the technology becomes "a form of nurturing and care giving."

Men also are more commonly viewed as clear-thinking adults who made wise statements about their end-of-life wishes. With women, however, any previous statements they made about end-of-life wishes are more commonly blown off as "emotional utterances" that don't have weight, Miles said.

We're sure willing to bet that if the wife of *Tom* Schiavo wanted to pull the plug, the religious right, Congressional Republicans, and Dubya wouldn't be stumbling all over each other in their efforts to 'protect life.'

Via Pandagon.

Posted by Magpie at March 21, 2005 09:33 AM | Human Rights | Technorati links |

I'm sickened by the GOP inserting itself into what is the Schiavo family affairs. I'm sickened by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert quoting the Pope on the floor of the House. Last time I checked, we had separation of church and state, but last time I checked we could make decisions for our families without having Congress interfere.

The Republicans claim to be pro-life but in reality all they are is pro-birth. If they were pro-life, they'd be providing adequate funding for public education, working to clean our air and water, providing adequate funding for the social services that so many need, and not waging war and killing people in other countries to help Big Oil get richer. There are too many examples where the GOP is not supporting life.

No, Republicans aren't pro-life, they're pro-birth. If after birth, you don't fit into the GOP's group of rich white Americans, they could care less about you and you're screwed.

Posted by: Ken Camp at March 21, 2005 06:28 PM

The GOP is "pro-winning elections". Everything else is arbitrary. The anti-choice movement has been a great way for the GOP to rally support for candidates in certain states while only having to provide rhetoric and no actions. Unfortunately, they've gotten to a point where more actions are expected, and very little is actually possible within a Constitution that protects us from the religious nature of the anti-choice position.

Tom DeLay is somewhat backed into a corner here and the patron saint of phony evangelicals, and if nothing else, it's good to watch him squirm.

Posted by: thehim at March 21, 2005 09:10 PM