2005/03/23

Which is it to be, futile care or presumption in favor of life?

"In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life."

The above quote was made by George Bush as an excuse to overide US rule of law and seperation of powers. I could not read it and not think about the case of Iraq.

Then I read about a Texas law that authorizes health care providers to remove their patients from life support. Guess who signed it into law?

The Sun Hudson and Spiro Nikolous cases fall under the Texas Futile Care Law, which was signed into law by then-governor George W. Bush.

The fact that President Bush signed into law in Texas a bill that gives health care providers the right to end human life is then certainly relevant, given his decision to sign the Schiavo legislation and his rhetoric concerning a "presumption in favor of life. CJR Daily

Hypocrisy: Insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have.

This sad saga reinforces my personal belief that the courts — though their involvement is sometimes necessary — are the last place one wants to be when working through these complex dilemmas. Although I have not examined her, from the data I have reviewed, I have no doubt that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state and that her cognitive and neurologic functions are unfortunately not going to improve. Her life can be further prolonged with artificial hydration and nutrition, and there is some solace in knowing that she is not consciously suffering. I also believe that both her husband and her family, while seeing the situation in radically different ways, are trying to do what is right for her. If and when her feeding tube is permanently removed, her family may be reassured that dying in this way can be a natural, humane process (humans died in this way for thousands of years before the advent of feeding tubes).(4)
4. Ganzini L, Goy ER, Miller LL, Harvath TA, Jackson A, Delorit MA.
Nurses’ experiences with hospice patients who refuse food and fluids
to hasten death. N Engl J Med 2003;349:359-65. Timothy E. Quill, M.D.

As a personal note let me say I am only posting about this issue as a way to show once again what a hypocrite George Bush is. He continues to provide the ammunition and I use it every chance I get.

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Today’s Republican are fascists. They want government out of our lives only when it serves their agenda. They use government to bring religion into the court room. They use government to stamp out personal choice and responsibilities. They use war to get what they want. Bush is their Mussolini. The Schiavo family members are only pawns, sad to say. 

Posted by Ran Selig
3/23/2005 03:47:00 pm  
I'm almost raged out on the subject, having spent most of the last week continuously thinking about it. Imagine how Michael Schaivo feels. I just don't see how these politicians sleep at night. At this point I have NO sympathy for the parents.

Had they started the grieving process when it was appropriate to do so instead of playing this hideous game, their lives would be damn near back to normal by now. Hell, they would have been close to back to normal six year ago at the latest. I find them to be conteptuous whiners who are far more upset about not getting their way than stricken parents trying to do what's right for their daughter.

I'll bet they were always thorns in the marriage of that couple.

As for dear GW? Pointing out his hypocracy is like saying the sky is blue. Obvious, expected and seemingly pointless....sad to say. God bless you for having the stamina to keep showing the most recently discovered stains in his undies. The suit pants may well keep it hidden for another little while; but sooner or later, the stench should become noticable to everybody. 

Posted by surrogate
3/23/2005 08:46:00 pm  
Ran, you're right and thanks for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed your time away from the blogosphere.

Surrogate, one subject I haven't raged out on is GWB. You're right that pointing out his latest hypocrisy is like pissin' in the wind. If it weren't for a few stalwarts out there staying on him like white on rice most wouldn't have the foggiest idea that he has done anything wrong. 

Posted by Dianne
3/24/2005 04:11:00 am  
Like white on rice? Cool! Never heard that one before.

I know you're right, I just want something he does, hell ANYTHING, to stick to him.  

Posted by surrogate
3/24/2005 04:59:00 am  
"God bless you for having the stamina to keep showing the most recently discovered stains in his undies "

LOL, if only it was just his undies that were shit splattered. But the guy spews shit every time he opens his mouth. Like we say in Oz:

"Just like a prawn ( Oz for 'shrimp'): a body full of meat and a head full of shit

Posted by WhyNot
3/24/2005 05:20:00 am  
"Like white on rice? Cool! Never heard that one before. "

This is a common expression or at least it was when I was growing up in south Louisiana.  

Posted by Dianne
3/24/2005 06:08:00 am  

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