At the time there was a great deal of politics going on and the Republicans in Congress flew back for a special session to draft legislation to save Terri. The left went nuts and said this would come back to haunt the Republicans. I can not say I totally agree with the method they used, but I understand the intent. We live in a society so obsessed with death that thousands of people will stand up and demand that Congress do everything it can at whatever expense, to guarantee a woman’s right to kill an unborn child and, not satisfied with the death of the babies, stand up and chastise the Congress for trying to intervene to save a life.
Today marks one year since America saw the ugliness within and allowed an estranged husband, with the support of the judicial system, to terminate the life of a living breathing person who might not have had the same brain function as she did before the accident but was living all the same. I hope that if any good comes from this abuse of life it is that people were inspired to have written instructions detailing exactly what care they are to receive should they be unable to take those decisions on their own.
One other thing I recommend is keeping a copy with you attorney, your health care provider and in a safe place. It is also a good idea to appoint someone you trust to carry out your wishes in accordance with what you have written. If not, you stand a chance of suffering the same fate as Terri, a fate worse than death and that is the loss of dignity in death.
[tags]Terri Schiavo, Living Will, Judicial System[/tags]