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Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Removed

by Rick S / March 18, 2005 4:50 AM PST

WASHINGTON ? The feeding tube that has kept a severely brain-damaged woman alive for the past 15 years has been removed, FOX News has confirmed.

Terri Schiavo (search), who is in a persistent vegetative state, will now likely starve to death. No person has ever come out of a persistent vegetative state.
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The humane way ?
by kmarchal / March 18, 2005 5:00 AM PST

It would appear to me that maybe lethal injection over starving and dehydrating would be more humane? If this is the path of choice...

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i agree
by Mark5019 / March 18, 2005 5:02 AM PST
In reply to: The humane way ?

if we let our pets starve to death we go to jail

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I agree, but people don't want to step up, and admit what
by Kiddpeat / March 18, 2005 5:47 AM PST
In reply to: The humane way ?

they are doing. Sometimes it seems we're far better at killing than living.

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Part of the legal/moral decision here, K,
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 18, 2005 1:18 PM PST
In reply to: The humane way ?

is that a person in a persistent vegetative state has no perception of pain or suffering, so "inhumane" does not apply. There was a medical ethicist who addressed that specific point on the NBC Nightly News tonight.

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(NT) (NT) She feels her menstrual cramps Dave
by Evie / March 18, 2005 8:20 PM PST
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Mull this over folks:
by Jack Ammann / March 18, 2005 5:38 AM PST

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." --Thomas Jefferson

Founding principle: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...."

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to add
by kmarchal / March 18, 2005 5:42 AM PST
In reply to: Mull this over folks:

UNALIENABLE - Not alienable; that cannot be alienated; that may not be transferred; as unalienable rights. [Websters 1828]

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step down off that soap box
by Pam G / March 18, 2005 5:44 AM PST
In reply to: Mull this over folks:

I agree with the current decison and trust you will not be in a simlar postion for me to so decide.

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Ahhh, the Declaration of Independence is now a soapbox.
by Kiddpeat / March 18, 2005 5:51 AM PST

It will be a truly sad day if the American people ever give up their birthright for this cup of gruel.

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Sounds to me as if he agrees with current decision
by Dragon / March 18, 2005 7:33 AM PST

What life did she have? What liberty or pursuit of happiness?

If I were imprisoned in a body, I would want out. I would curse those who wanted me to remain in such a state. Terri, with her severely damaged brain may not give a hoot. But suppose she were lucid? That would be a thousand times worse.

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(NT) (NT) Terri didn't decide this
by Evie / March 18, 2005 8:21 PM PST
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What would have happend to this person
by Rick S / March 18, 2005 10:40 AM PST
In reply to: Mull this over folks:

at the time the Declaration was written?

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(NT) (NT) She'd be 16 years in the grave.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 18, 2005 1:20 PM PST
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How about Chris Reeve ...
by Evie / March 18, 2005 8:22 PM PST

... Steven Hawking?

Evie Happy

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