Skip to comments.Fallacies About the Schiavo Case
Posted on 06/11/2005 5:33:10 PM PDT by Coleus
The case for starving and dehydrating Terri Schiavo to death was built on hypocrisy and deception.
The culture of death revealed its face in the propaganda campaign for Terri Schiavos demise. Perhaps the most noteworthy fact of the entire ordeal, other than the killing of an innocent woman by starvation, was how thoroughly the American people were lied to throughout the entire affair.
Consider, for instance, the major media claim that death by starvation and dehydration is painless. According to the New York Times: Patients who are terminally ill and conscious and refuse food and drink at the end of life say that they do not generally experience pangs of hunger, since their bodies do not need much food. The Times quoted Dr. Sean Morrison of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York as saying: They generally slip into a peaceful coma. Its very quiet, its very dignified, its very gentle. The Los Angeles Times quoted another expert, Dr. Perry G. Fine of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as saying of starvation: Theres nothing unpleasant about it in fact it can be quite blissful and euphoric.... Its a very smooth, graceful and elegant way to go.
Of course, one does not have to be an expert to recognize that this distorted view of death by starvation and dehydration defies common sense. If starvation is not all that bad, then why should we be concerned about the plight of famine victims? And if Terri Schiavo was not experiencing pain, then why was she given morphine? Revealingly, the same forces that supported withholding food and water from Terri did not criticize giving her morphine to control the pain they say she did not have. Moreover, why would an IV drip for hydration be deemed excessive while an IV morphine drip is not?
Those who argue that Terri Schiavo could not feel pain should consider the terrible ordeal of Kate Adamson. Mrs. Adamson suffered a severe stroke in 1995 that left her totally paralyzed, but she has since experienced what has been called a miraculous recovery. Mrs. Adamson, who opposed the removal of Terris feeding tube, recounted for THE NEW AMERICAN how she was aware of what was happening when her own feeding tube was removed for an eight-day period because her digestive system (unlike Terris) had shut down. I was screaming on the inside: I dont want to die, feed me, I want to live, Adamson recalled. I could feel everything and do nothing, as though I was suspended in a black hole. When the feeding tube was removed, I felt it being ripped from my body.
Here are a few other egregious lies propagated by liberals to justify Terris death by starvation and dehydration:
Liberals claim that the decision of a husband to kill his wife by denying her food and water is a private matter. Since when has a husband killing a wife been considered a private matter under our laws?
Terris husband Michael claims that Terri would have wanted her feeding tube removed rather than live in the state she was in. But Terri did not put this wish in writing, and others who knew her say that she would not have wished to be killed. Moreover, Michael did not bring to light Terris supposed wishes until seven years after her injury.
Advocates of the culture of death claim that they were allowing Terri to die with dignity by removing her feeding tube. Implicit in that statement is the notion that a slow death by starvation and dehydration is dignified and that Terri Schiavo retained the mental capacity to understand and agree with this. Yet the very liberals advocating this point of view also claim that Terri was in a persistent vegetative state and that she had no self-awareness.
Pro-death forces also claim that Terri Schiavo was on life support and was being kept alive through extraordinary means. But a feeding tube is not life support in the traditional sense. Also, foregoing extraordinary means to keep a dying patient living longer sounds rational, but providing food and water is not an extraordinary means, and Terri was not dying. In fact, Terris death resulted from the deliberate denial of food and water; it was not a natural consequence of her medical condition.
The major media treat as a given that Terri Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). Though a PVS diagnosis does not change the morality of not providing food and water, it is still worth pointing out that some medical authorities disagreed with this diagnosis. In the April 4 issue of THE NEW AMERICAN, we quoted Dr. Richard Neubauer, medical director of the Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, as stating in an affidavit that Terri was neither brain dead nor in a persistent vegetative state.
Leftist politicians and media outlets criticized the Republican Congress and the president for enacting a law aimed at saving Terris life and accused the Republicans of practicing medicine without a license. Since when has food and water been considered medicine? Aside from that, the same leftist politicians want the government to run the entire health care system. (If they succeed in accomplishing that objective, it would not be surprising to find the government rationing care and determining who lives and who dies.)
The Left is at least correct in saying that the congressional action was unconstitutional. But since when has the Left worried about violating states rights? During the congressional debate, Rep. Jim Davis (D-Fla.) lamented even the idea that Congress would consider disregarding Florida state laws. This Congress is on the verge of telling states and judges and juries that their laws, their decisions do not matter, he warned. However, Rep. Davis was notably silent when, earlier in the same month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Floridas law permitting the execution of 17-year-old murderers. Similarly, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who bemoaned that Congress would forego any pretense of federalism in the Terri Schiavo case, is a militant supporter of the Roe v. Wade decision that struck down state anti-abortion laws throughout America.
Using states rights as a pretext, what the Left is really saying is that they want the particular decision of a Florida state judge to stand. And they want it to stand because they believe in a culture of death. Just as they support abortion, they also support euthanasia, and they see in the Terri Schiavo tragedy a test case that will help make more commonplace the elimination of supposedly unwanted and useless human beings. In truth, the judges decision should not have stood, and the remedy should have (and could have) come from the legislature and governor of the state of Florida.
Terri's death is one of the most unfortunate and brazenly apalling events of the new millenium thus far in our country (not as high as 9/11, but above Michael Moore's rise to liberal prominence).
I was just talking about Terri yesterday to my mother. I cannot stand to read anything about her and her botched case, she was killed, plain and simple. I am still outraged!
More proof that the National Socialist Democrats can get away with murder and laugh about it all the way to book deals.
Kate Adamson did an incredible work in helping Americans understand this from the patient perspective. Her service in telling her story was so important. She is articulate and one of the few sources of truth in this whole sordid matter. Many thanks to her - and to the wonderful husband who championed her cause.
Of course, one does not have to be an "expert" to recognize that this distorted view of death by starvation and dehydration defies common sense.
If starvation is not all that bad, then why should we be concerned about the plight of famine victims?
I don't think it's valid to compare someone who is terminally ill and conscious (and dying) to Terri Schiavo or to people who are starving because of a famine. Terri wasn't terminally ill and people in the midst of a famine are not refusing to eat.
IMO, the author is comparing apples to oranges.
Now when will the NY Slimes and the MSM tell the world her story? I saw her on the Larry King show and that was it.
There's pretty good evidence that unborn children feel pain, too, when they are killed in the womb. Certainly this is true of late-term abortions, and probably of fairly early abortions.
The leftists see no harm in doing to people what they would never think of doing to seals or whales.
This may actually be true. The problem here is that Terry Schiavo was 'at the end of life' for 15 years. IOW, she was not physically at the end of life.
You nailed it.
In addition, who are we to say that her mental state was "unacceptable". Just look at that smile.
Terri, we miss you!!
From one who hasn't moved on.
Just try telling the IRS that you're writing off all your grocery bills as a medical expense.
Yesterday I read the statement my Archbishop made about Terri's death. He called it euthanasia. I wanted to whack him up side the head for not calling it what it was-murder.
Even though he said it was wrong, and that euthanasia of those in a PVS is always wrong, he gave the impression that it was not the horrific, reprehensible, inhumane, disgusting, and vile act that it was. I was also PO'd he seemed to buy the PVS BS.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I will never have the "Bishop's ear" so I guess he needn't worry about my opinion on his statement.
Write him a letter and straighten him out. He's falling into the MSM and PC trap.
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