Skip to comments.Marching to Death The Roe-vs-Wade-Schindler-Schiavo Connection
Posted on 03/09/2005 6:53:48 PM PST by LaFlorida
When Nancy Cruzan's feeding tube was disconnected, distraught nurses said, "Do carrots cry? Nancy cries." The same horrific death awaits Terri Schiavo. Is there a Schiavo connection to Roe vs. Wade?
In the United States of America the killing of innocent human beings is prohibited by law. Or is it? Over 1.6 million human beings are routinely, legally killed by abortion under court sanction each year. The U. S. Constitution gives rights not to human beings, but to persons. The Supreme Court abortion decision of 1973 ruled that human beings before birth, i.e., in the womb, were not persons because they were not capable of meaningful life. Today, the life of a young woman, Terri Schiavo, is threatened for similar reasons.
In an attempt to rid the world of these non-persons, Germany set the pattern. The Holocaust, Germanys final solution began with the legalization of abortion in 1933 by the Nazi government. Eugenic abortion and euthanasia projects, like twin wraiths, marched hand in hand through the 1930s.
In 1938, the Euthanasia Society of America was formed with the intent to legalize active voluntary euthanasia. The group recognized it was up against formidable obstacles, namely the law and the cherished principle of Americans, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A strategy must be devised. The Societys name change reveals its progress. It became the Society for the Right to Die and in 1992, Concern for the Dying. Euthanasia advocates began to assert there is a constitutional right to die. They promoted the replacement of the sanctity-of-life ethic with the quality-of-life ethic and blurred the distinction between legally mandated ordinary care and not legally required extraordinary care.
A propaganda machine went into action. The new unalienable right-to-die found its precedent in the right to privacy protection granted by the 1973 Supreme Courts Roe vs. Wade decision. Decisions about dying could simply be included under the privacy cover. The media consistently refers to the Terri Schiavo case raging in the public eye as a right-to-die case.
The Society moved into full gear in the late 60s and 70s with its introduction of the seemingly innocuous living-will documents. Eileen Doyle, R. N. writes, All of the living-will type of legislation is geared to blur the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary care. The long-term purpose of right-to-die or living-will legislation is the great propaganda value in conditioning people, state by state, to accept that they have a right-to die. In some cases such conditioning may result in a duty to die.
Karen Ann Quinlan The woman who failed to die
In the 1980s two women who suffered severe brain damage became national icons in the right-to-die debates, Karen Ann Quinlan and Nancy Cruzan. At 21, Karen Quinlan collapsed at a party after consuming alcohol and drugs. She lapsed into PVS, a persistent-vegetative-state and in a much publicized struggle her family fought in court to remove her from her life-support machinery, a respirator. In its verdict, the New Jersey Supreme Court cited the abortion decision of Roe v. Wade in stating the right to privacy is broad enough to encompass a patient's decision to decline medical treatment under certain circumstances in much the same way as it is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision to terminate pregnancy
The respirator was removed; however, Karen Quinlan kept breathing. When her parents were asked if they were going to remove the feeding tube, her father replied they would not and that God would determine when Karen Ann would die. Quinlan lived for another nine years dying in a New Jersey nursing home in 1985.
In the tortuous route the Schiavo case has taken through Judge George Greers courtroom, a life-long friend of Terris, Diane Meyer testified that Terri disapproved of the Quinlans decision to remove their daughter from life-support. Meyer said, "There was an incident when I told a poor joke about Karen Ann Quinlan. I remember distinctly because Terri never lost her temper with me. This time she did," Meyer testified in 2002.
She told me that she did not approve of what was going on or what happened in the Karen Ann Quinlan case. Meyer said the incident happened in the summer of 1982. Greer dismissed Meyers testimony indicating Terri Schiavos opinion on end-of-life issues due to the use of two present tense verbs in Meyers testimony. Instead Judge Greer accepted word-of-mouth testimony from Terris husband Michael, his brother and his sister-in-law, who claimed they overheard Terri say she wouldnt want to be kept alive artificially.
David Gibbs, attorney for Terri Schiavos parents said, The court discredited Ms. Meyer's testimony because of its own mistaken conclusion that Karen Ann Quinlan was dead in 1982. In reality, Ms. Quinlan was very much alive in 1982," Gibbs wrote. "Ms. Quinlan did not die until 1985, some nine years after her court case ended and her respirator was removed."
Nancy Cruzan Do carrots cry?
In 1983 twenty-five year old Nancy Cruzan suffered massive injuries as the result of an automobile accident. She was diagnosed as in a persistent vegetative state, PVS, although she wasnt in pain nor was she dying. There were vast differences in the Quinlan and Cruzan cases. Quinlan was on a respirator requiring extraordinary medical care; Cruzans life was maintained on a feeding tube. Prior to the push to legalize euthanasia, such care was designated as ordinary or normal.
When the Missouri Supreme court denied the parents request that Nancys tube feedings cease, the case went to the U. S. Supreme court. On June 25, 1990 (four months after Terri Schiavos collapse), the court ruled 5-4 against the withdrawal of tube feedings. In Cruzan v. Harmon, 110 S. Ct. 2841 (1990), the court decided that the U. S. Constitution does not include a right-to-die.
However, the case was decided under a Fourteenth Amendment liberty right to refuse care, not under a right to privacy. The court further ruled that a state may (but does not have to) require that there be clear and convincing evidence that an incompetent patient would want artificially provided food and water withdrawn.
After the Supreme Court ruling the parents went back to court and Judge Charles Teel accepted the testimony of three people who said Nancy had spoken with them in the past about her wishes regarding such circumstances in which she now found herself. Nancys distraught nurses asked, Do carrots cry? Nancy cries, and We dont want her blood to be on our hands. The tube feedings were stopped and Nancy died in December 1990. The hospital administrator remarked, Mans laws said its all right, but this doesnt change moral law. Several years later Nancy Cruzans father committed suicide.
Enormous strides The euthanasia movement has made enormous strides in the public arena. The pro-choice ethic used so effectively by the abortion providers has been the main impetus in softening up the public getting them to accept the quality-of-life ethic over the sanctity-of-life ethic. To be a person you must think, function and lead a meaningful life. Failing this one falls into the same category as the fetus, a non-person, unable to be sustained outside its mothers womb.
The constitutional right to privacy gave a woman absolute control over her body. That right is now extended to the right to choose ones own death, or more ominously the right of guardians to choose death for those who do not meet certain standards. The designation of ordinary food and water, a human right, is now considered medical treatment and can be denied.
Terri Schiavo mysteriously collapsed in 1990. Terri, who is severely brain damaged, nevertheless breathes on her own; she is maintained on a feeding tube to the abdomen. Terris husband, her guardian, wants the tube removed and for Terri to die by dehydration/starvation. Terris parents are fighting in court for her life.
History records Holland as the one country that took a stand against the Nazi euthanasia program. Hollands physicians united in their refusal to kill innocent human beings. The Netherlands was the first nation to legalize euthanasia in 2001. Today, Holland euthanizes infants and sick children. It can happen here. The Schiavo case is poised for a choice. The Schindler vs. Schiavo case asks America to choose.
© Nancy Cecilia Martin The Catholic Advocate www.missionsun.net firstname.lastname@example.org
Excellent Read. Thanks for Posting it.
All about eugenics.
Yep, rehab is for murderers. The disabled get death row.
The Supreme Court in ROE used the same logic as it did in the Dread Scott Decision. Basically, to force slavery on the entire US the court just said blacks were not citizens/ people of the US, i.e. persons. In Roe to legalize abortion in the entire US, fetuses were found not to be "persons", i.e., citizens/ people of the US. So for the courts, the logic is simple, Terry is not a person. Scary, that all the court has to do to take your life away is declare you not to be a person.
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Note that here, as in Germany, ABORTION came FIRST.
Thank you for the post.
That is exactly what the communists in the USSR did: declare you to be a non-person.
We are witnessing the Death Culture which emerges out from one culture after another with the face of the barbarian. Why such sub human behavior is able to take hold without immediate suppression is due to its seductive face. Its seduction is the promise of an utopian outcome from a human sacrifice. This throwing of the virginal inocent over the cliff to appease the angry god has taken on different patterns through the ages. It may be the hanging of the black to purify society. It may be the gassing of Jews in another. In others, it is the killing of baby girls when male babies are preferred. Wherever this cult of death is practiced it always becomes the ultimate expression of the narcissistic self. If can control my own destiny through the sacrifice of another human being, so be it. It is the horror of human sacrifice in its various manifestations through the ages.
I'd like to urge folks to try to get to Tallahassee for the rally on Sunday at 3:00 at the Capitol building if you can be there. Pray about it, and if the Lord leads you...come. They're hoping for hundreds...let's give them thousands. Are you out of state? Can you take a vacation day? Can you borrow from your savings for gas, a train ticket or plane ticket? It may be inconvenient, but it may be one of the best investments in the future of this country you've ever made. COME! If you can come...COME.
Yes, and these liberal "advances" will in many cases have the imprint of "Republicans" as well as Democrats.
No doubt about that! Frist is comfortable dehumanizing embryo and early fetal aged humans, while Orrin Hatchling is satisfied that an embryo of the human species isn't human until it implants in a woman's womb. Then there are the Rinos like Collins, Hutchinson, etc. Voters are being played for fools by both parties ... and there is no end in sight because a thrid party cannot break the walls established by these current two 'parties'.
I watch this fight for human dignity from Washington State. We have a renegade state south of us in Oregon which has doctor assisted suicide. I hope it does not plague this state.
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