Skip to comments.Ralph Nader, Author Wesley Smith...Take any Legal Action Available to let Schiavo Live
Posted on 03/24/2005 8:10:55 PM PST by BCrago66
Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith, author of the award winning book "Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America" call upon the Florida Courts, Governor Jeb Bush and concerned citizens to take any legal action available to let Terri Schiavo live.
"A profound injustice is being inflicted on Terri Schiavo," Nader and Smith asserted today. "Worse, this slow death by dehydration is being imposed upon her under the color of law, in proceedings in which every benefit of the doubt-and there are many doubts in this case-has been given to her death, rather than her continued life."
Among the many injustices in this case, Nader and Smith point to the following:
The courts not only are refusing her tube feeding, but have ordered that no attempts be made to provide her water or food by mouth. Terri swallows her own saliva. Spoon feeding is not medical treatment. "This outrageous order proves that the courts are not merely permitting medical treatment to be withheld, it has ordered her to be made dead," Nader and Smith assert.
The medical and rehabilitation experts are split on whether Terri is in a persistent vegetative state or whether Terri can be improved with therapy. There is only one way to know for sure- permit the therapy. That is the only way to resolve all doubts.
The court is imposing process over justice. After the first trial in this case, much evidence has been produced that should allow for a new trial-which was the point of the hasty federal legislation. If this were a death penalty case, this evidence would demand reconsideration. Yet, an innocent disabled woman is receiving less justice.
The federal and state governments are spending billions on what we are told will become miracle medical cures for people with all sorts of degenerative conditions, including brain damage. If this is so, why not permit Terri's parents and siblings who want to care for her do so in the hope that such cures are discovered?
Benefits of doubts should be given to life, not hastened death. This case is rife with doubt. Justice demands that Terri be permitted to live.
Geez, when Nader gets it and so many Freepers don't...
So true. Terri's probably going to die within the next couple of days and Nadar's finally getting on board.
Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Can you emagine what Teddy Roosevelt would do in this case ?????????????
Guess he had to make sure that feeding tube meets all the consumer product standards. /sarcasm
I was shocked to read this earlier. Ralph Nader, of all people, believes that Terri should not be killed.
Strange Bedfellows bump
It's nice to see that Nader is right on this one.
Sheesh. I'm agreeing with Nader. Must be a full moon.
Execution, in other words.
Where are the Hollywood types on this issue? What if it was Christopher Reeve's wife that wanted him starved to death.
Wow... I'm gonna go to my window and see if any pigs are flying...
I thinking more like "hell has frozen over". :)
This is amazing, Ralph Nader gets it right for once!
I'm not as surprised. In Wesley Smith's (excellent) book "The Culture of Death", he personally thanks Ralph Nader.
After Terri's death, all sorts of people will pop up - never heard from before - wringing their hands over the injustice. We are now "One Nation under Hypocrisy."
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