In this day and age of spouse abuse across all socio-economic lines, and because it is impossible to know what transpires inside anyone's home, I am totally against a spouse having the right to call the shots in a situation like this. He/she has a right to state an opinion..However, the people most likely to love and care about this person and his/her suffering are the primary family members, childhood friends, etc. I also do not believe that a new husband should receive the monies from any malpractice settlement. That money should be used for the care of the helpless person. It looks to me as though Terri's hubby is wanting to use the funds for his new family. As we go through life, situations like this give us a glimpse into human evil..We should not allow that evil to rationalize away the cruelty of outright murder and rename it so that society views it as "humane." That is dangerous territory. As they say, "Follow the money."
posted on 10/30/2003 1:50:06 AM PST
the people most likely to love and care about this person and his/her suffering are the primary family members,
I agree with this statement. However, I feel funny about parents being the default guardian if an adult becomes incapacitated. My parents probably are the people who love me the most in the world, but that doesn't mean I'm closer to them than my spouse. And it sure as heck doesn't mean that I trust them to know my wishes or to carry them out. Yet we all see what happens when it is assumed that the spouse is the best choice for a guardian!!!
If I ran the zoo, I would require the following: when signing up for health insurance, there would be a standard form asking who should make medical decisions for you if you're incapacitated. So whenever anybody changed health insurance (and with job changes that can be every few years), they would need to fill out the form when they did the rest of their insurance paperwork.
posted on 10/30/2003 11:00:08 AM PST
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