Monday, March 21, 2005

Republican Duplicity vis a vis Terri Schiavo

The duplicity of the radical Republicans regarding the Terri Schiavo matter is appalling. Consider these truths:

While governor of Texas, George W. Bush signed a law that gave hospitals the right to remove life support if the patient could not pay and there was no hope of revival, regardless of the patient's family's wishes.


Republicans have voted to end the Medicaid funding that pays for the kind of care that someone like Terri Schiavo and many others who are not so severely brain damaged need all across this country.


The tort reform that is being contemplated by the Republican congress would preclude malpractice claims like that which has paid for Terri Schiavo's care thus far.


The bankruptcy bill, pushed by Republicans at the behest of the credit card companies, will make it even more difficult for families who suffer a catastrophic illness like Terri Schiavo's because they will not be able to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy and get a fresh start when the gargantuan medical bills become overwhelming.


While proclaiming the virtues of one man-one woman marriage, the Republicans are working day and night to deny one of the most fundamental rights of marriage – the power of attorney that a spouse has to make decisions for an incapacitated partner.

This issue gets to the essence of the difference between the radical right and the majority of mainstream America. The radical right supports allowing the state to interfere in the most personal matters of life, death and health, deferring to a minority radical religious constituency that wants its belief system to override each individual's right to make these personal decisions for him or herself. Note that it isn't the left that is agitating for the government to tell Americans how they must live and how they must die.

Terri Schiavo's feeding tube has been removed because the Florida courts have determined that she would not have wanted it. She is not being deliberately killed; she is being allowed to die the death she would have wanted. This is the central issue of the case, despite the purely political grandstanding by radical Republican congressmen to appease the religious right.

(Much of this stolen from two great blogs: Digby and Majikthise.)

3 Comments:

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Nicholas said...

You're right about spousal rights. I was just thinking about that this morning in relation to gay marriage. One of the reasons they want to get married is to be able to make decisions like this for their partner. Looks like the Republicans will take away the power of attorney right. Maybe I'll stop gays from wanting to marry.

Defense of marriage my ass.

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Nicholas said...

Here is the case of teh baby in Texas.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3084934

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger historybk said...

I hope the Democrats are gathering sound bites and video clips of the right-wing Republicans who are foaming at the mouth over Sciavo, because some of these will not only be handy in the mid-term elections, but also because they're downright scary. Rick Santorum of PA sputtering angrily that Congress "ORDERED" the circuit court to do its bidding (remedial civics instruction needed stat)should become a classic. Jeb Bush even CONTEMPLATING taking custody of Terri Sciavo will be his political suicide, if there is any rationality left in the world. And the topper is Tom DeLay setting up as a moral philosopher.

But you expect mendacity from politicians. It's even more disturbing when these self-proclaimed Christians lie straightfacedly about Terri Sciavo's real condition -- and even suggest as Pat Boone has that her husband is really worried that she will someday regain her speech and reveal that Michael was trying to kill her and that's why she collapsed originally. I can't think of anything much more degrading and obscenely dishonest than to refer to Terri Sciavo as if a big stack of pancakes and some hydrotherapy would have her up and around in no time.

 

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