Monday, March 28, 2005

RIP Terri Schiavo, due process?

Terri given last rites.

No, she's not dying of a fatal illness. She's not being executed for a capital crime, or any crime. So she needs a feeding tube? So do I. Hers is plastic, mine is called an esophagus. But judges have accepted the word of one doctor who states she's in a persistent vegetative state and rejected the word of many doctors and nurses who have worked with Terri who say she's not in PVS.

Why is she in need of last rites? Bottom line, because judges say she must die. We don't need a reason; we have verdicts. That, apparently, is how it works.