Monday, March 21, 2005
When I wrote to the editor of the RM paper, I felt a little guilty for not dealing with the "life" issues. But here's why I didn't. I simply don't know enough about all the complexities of this case to speak anywhere near authoritatively. There are too many unanswered questions in my mind.
Is rehab possible? Has it been tried? Who's right about this--the parents and their doctors or the husband and his?
What is a reasonable physical level of physical deterioration to make feeding tube removal ethical?
Do the rights of a husband include the right to terminate life?
Is there a difference between terminating care for a brain dead person and a persistently vegetative person?
Is the husband's testimony that Terri said she would never want to be in this state credible in light of his apparent motivations? If he didn't care about the money, he could divorce her. (Jesus' teaching on divorce and fornication doesn't seem to be a guiding principle in his life.)
Is federal intervention going too far? Does the argument hold water that "if death row inmates get a hearing with the U.S. Supreme Court, Terri should too"?
Posted by Ben at 3/21/2005