Actually, an Iranian friend asked me, "Why are you killing that woman in Florida?" "Why doesn't Pres. Bush stop that?"
That's the 'take' from an outsider. Hard questions to answer and try to explain, too.
Short answer, the Constitution limits the power of the government.
Her family, legally that is her husband, made a decision, (Glad I'm not in his shoes.), and because we are a nation of laws, we have to live within them, even if it seems to stink sometimes.