Monday, March 21, 2005

Terri's Law

By now anyone reading this will have heard that in a late-night session Congress agreed to let Terri Schiavo's case be heard in federal court.

See CNN's news story here.

I spent much of the weekend reading opinions on all sides about the issue. The disconnect between those who support the Schindlers and those who support Michael Schiavo is immense. That's probably true on most issues, but I find it fascinating to watch democracy in action on this issue. Amazing. Whichever side you are on, you cannot deny that instant communication via the Internet is playing a role in this as never before. This is one for the history books, folks.

Which is not to say that I am standing by objectively watching a ping pong game. I am so hopeful about Terri's potential for life at this moment. And for people in general to become more enlightened about what it means to be disabled and dependent on others. So far the debate has been dominated by the Art Caplans of the world who cry out that Pope John Paul II wants everybody to die hooked up to machines. Tube feeding is not a machine. It's like feeding a baby before the baby can feed itself.


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