The myths of the Schiavo case

There are myths and obfuscations enough to fill the pot on this one. It touches the heart and opens many wounds.

Schiavo’s uphill battle to live has been too depressing for me to write much about. It seems inevitable that later today her feeding tube will be removed, and she’ll begin her painful path toward her heavenly Father. I’m saddened that our culture has produced misguided men like Michael Schiavo and Judge George Greer who fail to put the benefit of the doubt on human life. We now learn that minimal testing has been done to determine Terri’s injuries. [Sean Hackbarth; Culture of Death 05mr18]

Hugh Hewitt provides some links

Many great posts on the effort to save Terri Schiavo’s life around the blogopshere, including What’sTheRumpus and OkieontheLaminLA.  Be sure to read this as well.  And this is the article that really stunned many people this week.  TerrisFight is here, and LordofthePeeps has a touching and inspiring post as well. [Hugh Hewitt]

and then there is this observation.

I know two things for sure: 1) I wouldn’t want to be kept alive under similar conditionds and 2) the politicization of the entire thing have been distateful. [Dr. Steven Taylor; On Schiavo and Congress 05mr18]

One source of difficulty is the difference between coma and brain dead. This seems to be the source of the allegations about misdiagnosis and insufficient testing as well as the conspiracy or incompetence or malpractice allegations and innuendo regarding the medical profession in this case.

Comments about cruelty and torture in regard to death by starvation are more a case of projection rather than reality. What with anorexia and similar syndromes as well as the experience of anyone who has spent time with the near death in nursing homes, the idea of a painful suffering from starvation is a known myth.

There there are the problems with the idea of a living will, death with dignity, and the rights of parents versus spouse in custody.

This case has been beat to death yet even that resolution is not accepted. There are people who insist that Ms. Schiavo is as alive as anyone who can read this message. That conclusion is probably the crux of the issue. If indeed the medical personnel who have made their diagnosis were incompetent or a part of a conspiracy then they should indeed be held accountable. But, if those medical personnel and the many courts who have not found them irresponsible are correct, then the verdict should be accepted. To do otherwise indicates that it is not the tragedy of Ms. Schiavo that is at issue but rather other person’s emotional fixations and inability to deal with reality. It may be that their own fears about death or other emotional burdens overwhelm their respect for another person’s desires or the current established practice in these matters.

The fact that, in this case, many of those who want to continue the care for Ms. Schiavo are not being honest in their positions is perhaps the greatest argument against them. There is a horror in death, certainly. But the assertions about starvation that are made are short of intellectual integrity. The allegations about care and diagnosis are also important. But one is left to wonder why they have not been clarified after more than ten years of confrontation and court battle. Then there are the cases of coma resurrected after many years being used in a case of brain death to garner hope.

As Limbaugh did 18 March in essentially calling the husband a liar because Limbaugh did not care for the result otherwise. the “little voice nagging” should be nagging about rationalization of desired outcomes that are not in line with the evidence.

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