I just wish I could blame someone besides myself - any volunteers?
Note to self - every 10-15 minutes or so - hit the Save as Draft button.
I found part of a statement from Michael Schiavo on Becki Snow's site. He was talking to ABC's Nightline, and commented:
Terry will not be starved to death. Her nutrition and hydration will be taken away. This happens across this country every day.
Death through removing somebody's nutrition is very painless. That has been brought to the courts many of times. Doctors have come in and testified. It is a very painless procedure.
Well, let's see just how painless this process is:
From PBS - The Good War, the diary of a volunteer in a starvation experiment (at least he had the option to volunteer):
My pervasive hunger.
My hunger has taken on new dimensions that I could never have imagined. It seems that my bones, my muscles, my stomach and my mind have united in their yearning for FOOD! How disgusting.
From Psych Central:
People with anorexia typically starve themselves, even though they suffer terribly from hunger pains.
From The Wilder Network
Only the starving should be able to speak with authority on starvation but starvation itself dulls understanding.
From a site discussing the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime:
there was no greater torture for Cambodians than being separated from their families and forced to watch them suffer. Survivor stories are full of descriptions of how parents and children or siblings tried to find their loved ones and save them from pain. Khmer Rouge often forced people to watched their family members be killed or raped and forbid the survivors to show emotion. This was perhaps the most cruel torture of all.
For crying out loud, even Pete Singer (who believes that even a newborn doesn't have an unconditional right to live), says:
"I begin with the assumption that suffering from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad.... My next point is this: if it is within our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it."
The House has passed a bill intended to give Terri a chance in Federal Court. It, and another, Senate Bill are up for debate today.
Keep up the pressure - lobby vigorously.
And don't forget to pray.