Terri Schiavo, is in no pain at this time, and she deserves the right to die. I do not believe that any judge, politician, including our esteemed President, or right to life group has the right to tell us when or how we can die. Our death is our god given right. George Bush has said that in situations like the Terri Shiavo case it is best to air on the side of life. My question for Mr.. Bush is how many comas or vegetative states has he been in.
I was injured when I fell off my skateboard in 1980. I had a blood clot the size of a softball on my brain. I was given surgery and my prognosis was either death or a persistent vegetative state. By an act of god I was spared even though my family was told that nothing could live with that type of pressure.
Having said that, I am an expert in this matter. Had I not recovered, I would not have wanted to be kept alive by a machine for years, possibly even decades.
Terri may have rudimentary brain activity, but she is gone. Her world is dark. There is no love, no joy, no sadness, no pain. There is nothing left that makes her human or alive except for the shell that is her body. If by some far reaching chance she does have the ability to think, she is being held hostage by her body.
It is time to take back control of our own bodies.
The legislation passed by congress (not by us) gives anyone the right to protest how and when we are allowed to die. Exactly how much control of our lives and deaths are we going to allow Big Brother to have.
Consider this: Tomorrow morning you are driving to work and you are hit by an oncoming car. Your brain is severely damaged...you are now Terri....15 years later your body is still alive. It could happen.
President Bush doesn't care about Terri,to my knowledge has never visited, has not help financially with her medical bills, and has no idea what he is talking about. He and other politicians in Florida are using this poor woman for their own political gain. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Our president has absolutely no right to speak on her behalf or ours in these matters. Who in the hell does he think he is. He has the right to send us to war, to act as our leader with other countries, but he DOES NOT have the right to come into my life and tell me how or when I am allowed to die. That is between me and God.
Another point I would like to make is Mike is Terri's husband. He is the only one that should have the right to decide. Terri was an adult when she was injured and her parents rights were relinquished on her 18th birthday, and when she said I do. Her parents are fighting to keep her alive purely out of selfishness. True love is knowing when to let go. And allow your loved one peace and freedom.
We would not insert a feeding tube into a dog, and would probably be arrested for doing so, because we see that as cruelty to animals, but we will insert a feeding tube into our children. We would humanely administer a lethal injection to end the dogs suffering. We would not allow the animal to starve and dehydrate to death. We show a kindness to our pets we don't show to each other. Why is that?
If Terri were to wake today, the horror she would face would be unimaginable. 15 years have passed for one, Like a rock skipping on water, the world moved on without her, her hand has palsied, she is paralyzed, and she does not resemble the person she once was. Her cognitive ability would be and always would be nil.
I have faced that horror and stared it in the eye. It still effects me to this day. I woke and found myself imprisoned in a body that I did not recognize, I was a hostage in my own body l. I could not understand for many years what had happened to me. It was a nightmare. But I recovered. It was a fluke but I was an 11 year old child, she is a 41 year old woman, her Neurosynapses will not reconnect as they did with me due to her age. The amount of brain damage she has, there is just no possible way for her to heal, and by the way she has been like this for so long that IF she were to ever recover it would have happened years ago. The only reason she has been kept alive so long is because we can. We can keep a person physically alive for decades, but should we?
I urge every one to have a written directive stating exactly what measures you will allow. It is so sad that in this day and age we must do this, but if you do not have a Living Will this very same thing could happen to you at any given moment and there is nothing your loved ones can do to stop it.
I urge you to send this to everyone on your list, keep this going, we can make a change.
We are making too many people live today thru extraordinary measures. And governing personal choice.
It is time for the American People to take back control of our bodies from our government. It is time to STAND.
George Bush works for us not the other way around, he is our employee, and it's not his decision to make. We tell him what to do, and he has to act on our behalf. Time to put him in his place and to clarify his job description. He has stepped over the line this time. I urge you to be outraged and let him know about it. Just give him a call. I'm sure he would love to hear from you.
E-mail, phone, or write George Bush at:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
fax: 202-456-2461 http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/