Saturday, February 02, 2008

Oh No....Not Again!!

Think about this for a moment. This girl was alive and well enough to carry a baby in utero for 9 months and give birth to that baby, but now because of a dispute between her divorced parents, she should be forced to get her feeding tube removed???

How absolutely despicable is that???!!!!!

Didn't anyone learn anything from the Terri Schiavo case?


She's no longer in need of the breathing machine, and now a court order has been issued, and appealed, that could allow the removal of her feeding tube, and her resulting death, the newspaper reported.

The Schiavo case, on which WND reported exhaustively, ended in March 2005 when Terri died, despite a battle by her parents to overturn a court order allowing the same treatment, the removal of her feeding tube.

A priest who was with Terri Schiavo during her final hours in this life later told WND society has it all wrong – because it does not understand the difference between a futile treatment and a futile life.

Father Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, said even healthy people, if brain-injured, are in danger under the current precedent of cases.

"Terry left no indication that she wanted to be deprived of food and water. Yet the courts insisted that this happen. Nor was Terri lacking a family ready to care for her, without complaint. Yet they were not allowed to," he said.

The courts gave permission to her husband, who was living with another woman, to order doctors to withhold food and water from her.

"Many people fear that they will be given all kinds of machines and medicines against their will," Pavone told WND. "What they should fear is exactly the opposite, namely, that even when they indicate that they want appropriate treatments, these will be denied them.

"Laws vary from state to state," he said, "but one of the most dangerous flaws in the law is that which considers food and water to be 'medical treatment' rather than ordinary human care. When we return from a meal, we don't say that we just 'returned from our latest medical treatment,'" he said.

Randy Richardson told the newspaper the daughter he once knew is no longer there, and she did not leave any documentation of her desires in such circumstances, but he maintains she has made progress, no longer needing a ventilator, and could be able respond further at some point, with time and therapy
"We just want to give her a chance," he said.

He and the Delaware Pro-life Coalition recently documented her response and reaction to family members while being cared for at a nursing home.

Randy Richardson said his desire is to take his daughter home and let her live whatever is left of her life in dignity.

This is where this awful culture of death has taken us. It is due to corruption. It is due to evil. It is due to depravity. It is due to people playing God with other's lives!! It's absolutely horrendous!!


Matt W. said...

Who ever would have thought that we would have reached the point in the USA where we would allow a human being to be starved to death because they couldn't eat on their own? Unbelieveable.

Christinewjc said...

Matt, I agree. I think that point alone tells us how this is cruel, evil, and VERY unusual punishment. It's depravity sunk so terribly low when courts rule that the giving of food and water is considered 'medical treatment.'

The courts are examining whether or not lethal injection for CONVICTED MURDERERS is "cruel and unusual" punishment. Yet, lesser courts ruled against Terri Schiavo's parents to keep their daughter alive THROUGH JUST GIVING HER FOOD AND WATER!!

When I was growing up, I distinctly remember the Karen Ann Quinlan case. This was a woman who was in a coma, on breathing apparatus, a feeding tube and, apparently, had no chance of coming out of her complete, vegetative state. Yet, when the breathing tube was gradually removed, she breathed on her own and lived another 10 years!

What is different about that case is that it was her father who wanted to take her off the ventilator. He was opposed not only by Karen’s physicians but by the local prosecutor and the state attorney general.

But note this from the article link above:

Her father did not want artificial nutrition and hydration stopped, though the Supreme Court gave permission for all life-support to be withdrawn.

Look at how things have shifted since then!

One of the things that got to me the most about the Terri Schiavo case was what the priest who visited and prayed for her at her bedside said.

He mentioned that there was a vase of fresh flowers in water at her bedside. If he was tempted to give her even drops of water from that vase to ease her severely parched lips, he would be arrested.

When I retire to bed at night, I always have a glass of water on the nightstand because I usually wake up at least once in the middle of the night, thirsty.

That poor woman, who could not speak for herself, was denied water for 14 excruciating days! It gave me nightmares to think that our legal system has turned so terribly evil. It is certainly badly broken.