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It’s the culture, stupid

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Check out Kate at Small Dead Animals on the Terri Schaivo case. Despressing, isn’t it, that so many media outlets are calling it a right to die story. Terri does not want to die; or if she does no one knows that.

What we do know is that her creepy husband wants her to die and he stands to gain a large financial windfall if she does. He’s hardly an unbiased or objective “caregiver.” This woman is not attached to machines that keep her alive. What’s being proposed here is to deny her food and water, simply because she’s too weak to do anything about it. Any of us could find ourselves in her situation – especially if we are active, play sports, clean the roof, slip in ice, etc. There but for the grace of God…

If you should watch the Oscars this weekend (I never ever do), I hope you’ll think of Terri when Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby comes up for best picture. The script doesn’t even make sense. The boxer fights hard and overcomes great odds and we cheer. So far, so good. Then she’s injured and wants to give up. See the incongruity?


Written by Curt

February 25, 2005 at 6:05 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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