Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Terri Schiavo

Eveyone else has an opinion on her life/death, so I guess I should too. I am an advocate of euthanasia. If it was the wish of someone not to be kept alive by "extraordinary" means, then by all mean, allow that person to die with as much dignity as can be afforded. By "extraordinary", people usually mean, by artificial means, where a machine is breathing for the individual, or maintaining the heartbeat, etc..., because that person is in effect, brain dead.

Terri Schiavo is not brain dead, she has become mentally retarded through a collapse brought on by heart failure. She is not being euthanized, she is being starved to death. Euthanasia is meant to be quick and painless. Starvation and dehydration are not painless, even for the mentally handicapped. Why stop at starving Terri to death? There are hundreds of thousands of mentally retarded who are too handicapped to feed themselves and rely on others for their welfare; starve them. Be consistent. Then, we can feed the now dead handicapped to other handicapped, leaving more food for us able-bodied types.

That being said, the federal courts, the President, and Congress should not be involved. This is a state issue. The highest court in Florida ruled. They ruled wrong in my view, but that does not give the Federal government the right or the power to step on the state's right to decide this case.

Article [X.]

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


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