Tuesday, March 22, 2005

TERRI SCHIAVO HAS A RIGHT TO DIE

Here is an excerpt from Holly Yeager's article, 'Right to die' opponents step up campaign.

As the "right to die" case of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman, shifted to a federal appeals court on Tuesday, conservative activists stepped up their use of the tools of modern American campaigning to help keep her alive.

One site, BlogsforTerri.com, offered directions to a candlelight vigil this evening in Dallas and called on supporters to protest at the office of a Florida prosecutor, hoping he will charge a state judge with "aiding and abetting" Ms Schiavo's husband - who favours removing her feeding tube - in "domestic violence". (Financial Times, 03/22/05.)


George Felos, Michael Sciavo's lawyer, has the following to say:

The state does not own Mrs Schiavo's body, and Congress cannot simply order her to remain alive contrary to her medical treatment wishes and court order.

Each and every one of us in this country has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment they don't want. Terri exercised that right.

It's scary to think that the government, just because they may be ideologically opposed to your medical treatment choice, has a right to overturn what you want. (BBC, The two sides of the Schiavo case, 03/21/05.)


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UPDATE 03/23/05:

The question is: Do you have the right to your own life? Should the government decide when you could end your life? Go to the Objectivism Online forum for a discussion on the Terri Shiavo case.

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