The Schiavo Case
I've avoided discussng this case because I didn't have much to add. I'm not sure I do now but here goes.
This is a very difficult case. It is not black and white. Terry Schiavo has suffered massive brain injury and is in what is called, unfortunately, a persistent vegetative state (PVS) which is not to be confused with brain death which is the irreversible cessation of all brain activity. It is very unlikely, but probably not impossible that she will improve substantially.
If it were me, I'd want the feeding tube out and my loved ones to go on with their lives without me, but I don't think it is impossible that someone else might want to be kept alive for the 1 in a million (maybe) chance of improvement.
Of course nobody knows what Terry Schiavo wants and her husband, who is her legal guardian, and her parents differ. Mr. Schiavo thinks whe would want support removed, but her parents want her kept alive. That is what makes the case so difficult. If everyone agreed, whichever way, we'd probably never hear about the case.
I guess in the end, someone needs to decide for people who can't decide for themselves, and in this case the three people who can best decide, are irrevocably split. I do think that the Florida legislature and Congress getting involved is rididculous. This is one tragic case, not a national crisis
(Ed still don't have much to add, huh? no, no I don't). I would advise people to make sure they have a living will, so they decide what happens to them in cases like this.
UPDATE: these kinds of decisions are surprisingly common