Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A Slippery Slope

"I know in my heart that man is good,
That what is right will always eventually triumph,
And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

Ronald Reagan

Today, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard Bob and Mary Schindler, the parents of Terri Schiavo, plead with them to spare their daughter's life after a federal judge in Tampa refused to allow Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube to be reinserted. Meanwhile, Terri's husband Michael continues his fight to deny her the nutrition she needs to maintain life. What's at stake here is twofold. On one hand you have the basic human rights of Terri Schiavo to be cared for in a humane way, and on the other, the rights of us all.

As for Terri Schiavo, the only things that she has been unable to do on her own are to feed and hydrate herself and to communicate verbally. What she has been able to do on her own have been captured by video footage, so there can really be no argument from that standpoint. In the footage I have seen, she exhibits facial expressions such as smiling, she turns her head back and forth, and she shows a life in her eyes that those in a "persistent vegetative state" do not demonstrate. I'm no medical expert, but these are all signs I associate with life. To me, life, no matter how limited, is worth preserving.

When and if the time comes for Terri Schiavo to die, it should be for her and the Good Lord to decide. They alone will know when the time is right.

As for the rights of the rest of us, they will be in serious jeopardy if activist judges use Ms. Schiavo to set a legal precedent regarding life and death. This nation will cease to exist, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "as the last, best hope of man on Earth", if the sanctity of life is threatened by the whims of a judiciary bent on determining the rules of life and death.

There are some decisions people were never intended to make. The Roe vs. Wade decision ensured that the rights of the unborn are not protected. Does anyone truly believe that the wrong decision in this case will not eventually lead to the loss of rights for those who have already been born? This case directly affects Terri Schiavo and her right to live, but if the judiciary gets the idea in their heads that they can control a person's right to live or die, the decision in this case may one day affect us all. Let's pray it never comes to that.

Read the story: AP News My Way

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