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.