Cowardice

CNN.com – Schiavo’s feeding tube removed – Mar 18, 2005

I have not been following the Terri Schiavo case too terribly closely, and have not commented on it until now. The most striking element of this whole fiasco is that the husband seems to think he is showing mercy by starving her to death slowly over weeks. (According to the above referenced article, “Without liquids, it could take Schiavo two to four weeks to die from dehydration.”)

This is not a mercy killing, then. This is slow death by torture. If the powers that be truly believe that she should be killed, then have the balls to go in there and stick a goddamned needle in her arm!

“Oh, but you can’t do that! This isn’t an execution!”

No, it’s not. The only difference though is that we show a condemned murderer more mercy than we are showing Terri Schiavo. This is not a case of withholding medical care and seeing if she survives; there is only one possible outcome to withholding food and water from a human being: death.

I feel very sorry for Terri, whether or not she is conscious (though especially if she is conscious); and I cannot even imagine what her parents are going through right now.

I think Terri’s husband is a coward. If he truly believes this is the merciful thing to do, he should walk in there with a pillow in his hands and get it over with.

Update: I am by no means a proponent of euthanasia, but if you are going to do it, do it right.

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