Anyways, now that she is gone, I have a few questions I would like answered by those who supported the final outcome.
The first would be why do you believe the husband's claim that she said she didn't want to live in that condition when he never mentioned it for the first 7 years? Was he lying then or is he lying now? If he was lying then should he face legal consequences for the way this played out? He did after all want her to die because he wanted to 'end her suffering' and if that is the way he viewed her life should he not face legal consequences for making her suffer for so many years?
Another question would be if you apply the same principle to every case where a person claimed their sponse or child said they wouldn't want to live in such a situation? Heck when talking about the situations of some people I've known, or when seeing a similar situation on TV, I know that at times I've said I would never want to live that way. But guess what... I sure as hell don't want the courts pulling the plug on me!
I've heard people say such things lots of times but I've never taken the notion that they wanted me to pull the plug on them if they found themselves in such a situation. They rarely quantified the statement by saying under what conditions they would like to be killed. Is anyone but her former husband privy to what Terri said?
Anyways, I guess my real concern on this matter can best be summed up by Leo Alexander who spoke at the Nuremberg Tribunals after WWII:
Whatever proportion these crimes finally assumed, it became evident to all who investigated them that they had started from small beginnings. The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitudes of the physicians. It started with the acceptance of the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived. This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick. Gradually, the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, the ideologically unwanted, the racially unwanted, and finally all non-Germans. But it is important to realize that the infinitely small wedged-in lever from which the entire trend of mind received its impetus was the attitude towards the non-rehabilitative sick.I feel more sorrow for those who believe there is such a thing as a 'life not worth living' than I do for those their so-called 'compassion' is directed.
crossposted to The Shotgun