Saturday, April 02, 2005

Terri Schiavo, finally, RIP

I'm so glad this poor woman finally gets the ending to her life she wanted and deserved. And I totally admire her husband for the bravery it took to stand up for her desires against years of libel and slander

And I know some will think I'm going too far in saying this, but shame on her parents. Seriously. It's one thing to hope beyond all rationale that your daughter will recover from her debilitating injury, but it's another thing entirely to ignore her wishes and beliefs completely.

The Schindlers completely infantilized their daughter, and publicly humiliated and demonized the man she had chosen to spend her life with. They blatantly disregarded how she wanted to live and die. They treated her like a child.
The press also downplayed references to a 2000 trial at which Schiavo's extremely conservative Roman Catholic parents conceded that even if Terri had told them she would never want to be kept alive with a feeding tube, they would not have honored that request (an acknowledgment that goes a long way toward explaining their actions in the case).
Emphasis mine. I'm sorry, but it's that sort of smothering parental "love" that probably helped contribute to the bulimia that killed her.

And triple-dog shame on the circus of protesters who not only robbed Terri Schiavo of the sort of quiet, dignified death that she wanted, but also ruined the last hours of other hospice patients who happened to be unlucky enough to be next to the spotlight.

Anyway, it's over, and now we can move on to the next "celebrity" death-watch, or trial-watch, or whatever scandal we like to collectively dwell on instead of what's really happening in the world.

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