I’ve been avoiding posting about this because there is a chance it will cause controversy, but I no longer care. I’m too upset. I’m going to write about it.
Unless you live in a hole you’ve heard about Terri Schiavo. She is the woman in Florida who has been in a vegetative state for the past 15 years and her husband has been fighting to fulfill her wish to not be kept artificially alive. Her family, who has no legal say on the matter, is trying to keep a feeding tube installed, saying that she could recover.
Firstly, she is not going to recover. She has been this way for 15 years. For years her husband sought out therapy to try to help her, but it didn’t work. The parts of her brain that made her Terri are gone. She is now just a body with limited functions that is being kept alive by artificial means. All of the doctors who have reviewed the case have agreed. All of those except for the ones paid by the family, however. Terri is no longer around.
I can understand that the family is upset. But their daughter has been dead for 15 years, and it is time to accept that. The mother claims that she talks to Terri and that they laugh together. But this isn’t true. Sure, the family will show you videos of Terri seemingly responding. But those videos are editing down to several minutes out of over 4 hours of raw video. If you yell at a dog enough eventually it will do calculus, but only by complete chance.
Most importantly, though, Terri didn’t wish to be kept around in this sort of situation, and our judicial system has agreed with that assertion over 10 times in the last 15 years. It wasn’t her wish to be kept alive, wasting resources better spend on the living.
So now, when it finally appears that this fiasco is going to end, Congress steps in to try and save her life. This is blatant pandering to their religious base, and it is sick. They are filthy perverts who actually wanted to have this woman appear in front of them to ask questions. How sick and degrading is that? It is a freak show, and makes me embarrassed that these are the people representing me. Now they are going to try to pass a law to save her life. A law that, from what I have read, is going to be directed only at this one case. To me this seems like a violation of the Constitution. Does anyone remember what a bill of attainder is? It is a law passed against a specific person, and here in the US, they are not allowed.
I don’t understand why people can’t just realize that Terri is no longer here and let her body die like her mind did years ago. It is a fallacy to say that life is precious, because in the US we don’t actually think life is precious. We only say so when we want to appeal to people’s emotions, when, in fact, all of the evidence seems to say that life is something we are perfectly happy doing away with.
What personally disgusts me the most is the amount of time, energy, and money that has been wasted on this debacle. There are so many more important things out there, and so many people who deserve our attention more. And yet they are ignored, while this case is brought to the forefront of national and Smackie news.
Let this woman have her wish, and lets move on as a country to things that are more important.