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Followup to yesterday's story by Nat Hentoff on Terri's Legacy...

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It has been a great disappointment to me that the Schiavo case did not produce a movement for the protection of the lives of the disabled. I am disappointed in the GOP especially (I long ago gave up on Democrats pursuing a worthy cause) for not re-visting the issue given the Courts' unconstitutional refusal to comply with the provisions of an Article III enactment to prohibit States from killing people absent a de novo federal review. Convicted murderers have more protection.

And so it is with great pleasue that I see that the famous liberal editor of the Village Voice, Nat Hentoff, has refused to let Schiavo's memory die. Hentoff is a true believer, and on issues of protections in the court system, he is a true consistent champion.

Thanks to Nat, who recounts the strong case for Schiavo, especially the fact that she was not terminal, was breathing on her own and that there simply is no justification for refusing someone food and water in the circumstances then and there prevailing.

This was not a "right to die case." It was a disability-rights case, which I also argued at the time.

read the whole thing

http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/nhentoff.htm

Honorable Liberal Revisits Schiavo case

8mm

45 posted on 09/07/2006 3:57:02 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam Tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Revisit of Nebraska initiative...

Initiative would direct state to err on the side of life.

A ballot initiative in Nebraska addresses humane care for people who are incapacitated. The goal is to prevent a repeat of the Terri Schiavo case, in which the handicapped woman's husband succeeded in getting a court to deny her food and water, resulting in her death.

Carrie Gordon Earll, senior analyst for bioethics at Focus on the Family Action, said the Nebraska initiative appears to be the first of its kind.

"There have been a half-dozen states or so that have introduced this legislatively," she said, "but this is the only one that we're aware of that's on the ballot in November."

Compassion and Choices, a pro-euthanasia group, is opposing the initiative, calling it a "health-decision restriction."

Nebraskans to Vote on End-of-Life Issues

8mm

46 posted on 09/07/2006 4:04:43 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam Tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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Yes, do read the whole thing. Soak in it. It really was striking that some of the best minds of the Left, as well as the Right, were unflinching in their support for Terri (and never mind that they shared their position with the Pope, George W. Bush and Tom Delay!). Hentoff, Tom Harken, Ralph Nader, Jesse Jackson and at least qualifiedly, Gloria Allred and Alan Dershowitz come to mind. No doubt there were others.

And that raises an important question. If the Right and the Left agreed about Terri's right to life, what political force lobbied for her death? What force was stronger than the right and left combined? Surely this indicates a major shift in the political spectrum, and conservatives had better think hard about how to address it and advance their policies.

55 posted on 09/07/2006 6:29:43 AM PDT by T'wit (It is not possible to "go too far" criticizing liberals. No matter what you say, they're worse.)
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8mmmauser, I can't ever thank you enough for your generous spirit and for your committment to Terri's Legacy and America's fight against euthanasia and the death industry.

If anyone wants to join the Terri's Legacy ping list, please contact : 8mmmauser.

It's a medium volume ping list, not a bombardment. Join Terri's Legacy listers. We are part of the FR family.

70 posted on 09/07/2006 8:33:12 AM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org or Join Terri's Legacy List Contact: 8mmmauser)
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