Wednesday, March 09, 2005

A true soldier in a red hat

Cardinal Renato Martino has spoken clearly for the second time about the imminent killing of Terri Schiavo.

"Without the tube, which is providing life-giving hydration and nutrition, Terri Schiavo will die. But it is not that simple. She will die a horrible and cruel death. She will not simply die; she will have death inflicted upon her over a number of terrible days, even weeks. How can anyone who claims to speak of the promotion and protection of human rights--of human life--remain silent?"
And later,

"If it is true that the process has been fair, and that all legal avenues have been exhausted, how is it that this woman, who has done nothing wrong, will suffer a fate which society would never tolerate in the case of a convicted murderer, or anyone else convicted of the most horrendous crimes?"

Read more here.
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News Update:
According to the Empire Journal, Judge Greer ruled today denying permission for further medical testing and has ordered that Terri may not be given food or water orally after her feeding tube is removed. Can someone please explain to me how this is possible? On what legal basis can a guardian (what irony) order food to be withheld? Since when does spoon-feeding or holding a drink to a sick person's lips constitute "extraordinary means"? (Click here for a .pdf file of the actual court document.)

You know, I'd like to read an interview with the police officers who are reported to be standing guard to make sure Michael Schiavo's orders are carried out. How can this not be eating them up inside?




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