I suppose it's fair to say I have a unique stance on this intense debate.
There's several big things I can agree that also sicken me just as much as the abrupt removal of Terri's feeding tube before a full understanding and organization of the collective history of what has kept her alive, as well as the wishes of her loved ones without buying her time.
Look, I too am absolutely upset that we could allow this tug-of-war thing to go on for seven years, and for the case to go on for about 15 years now. It upsets me that the resolve has been long delayed.
I also believe none of us can really speak for Terri wholeheartedly. I can't, no one else here can't, neither political party can't. I suppose I'm just really sensitive about issues like this and believe two things, first being that we shouldn't allow anyone like her to die until we get a full, clear as possible understanding of the conditions like hers and a complete investigation and such, and secondly that the investigation and such should be productive, and shouldn't take this long.
I also believe there just isn't enough of a legislative cushion there for disabled or handicapped individuals who are struggling with their lives. I believe those like Terri who are struggling between life and death should, if they die, die with dignity. Understandably, the debate has only recently blown up and, regrettably, has become such a political mess, so with Terri arguably forming up this whole debate that can accelerate in popularity in the near future in terms of long-term survival and care, we have some work to be done for future cases like hers.
Denise and I share that kind of understand there. The area where Denise and I are divided is more in the political facet of this dilemma.
In my opinion, I believe the Schiavo case isn't at all about euthanasia (an issue I do express criticism of), abortion, etc. And it troubles me to see certain grassroots organizations seizing this case to further their own agenda. They can say what they want and everything, I respect that, but Terri's case I believe is separate from their agendas and it saddens me to see politics get infused into all of this this way.
Abortion, for instance, is a far more complex issue than many often approach it as. Being "pro-life" doesn't mean you're anti-abortion necessarily, as being "pro-choice" doesn't make you radically pro-abortion. I myself have been quiet about this issue, but the point here is, I guess I've been mostly because I find those labels to be disingenuous to a great extent and because I don't want to arouse much misunderstanding to my feel on this sensitive issue.
I absolutely favor abortion under some instances like when a woman's life is in danger, rape, etc, and under some other instances I don't agree. I just believe this issue isn't all about extremes, or you're on one side or the other, I believe there is a vast neutral ground here. And that makes me feel that I think we need to remember why Roe v. Wade was passed to begin with.
I absolutely agree, believe, and deserve conservatives should be upset about this issue, and I stand with them on the ground of the issue itself, politics aside.
I will, add, however, that I believe the approach some such politicians have been making to this case are wrong, and it will only hurt both them, as well as diminish the chances of Terri's survival.
Frankly, I'm very concerned about the opinion polls right now on this conflict since Congress intervened (I do believe if Terri wanted to testify before Congress then she had every right to).
As much as 82% said in a CBS News poll that Congress and the President shouldn't have gotten involved in the Schiavo matter, and Congress job disapproval has increased by five points since their last poll.
As a liberal, I find myself taking a special position of agreement with some conservatives on the issue itself, and believe much more should be done to comfort and respect those in long-term care, and to allow one to die without beginning to set the long-term care comfort standards in place and organize the case just is immoral in my heart. THAT'S the reason I'm in favor of having Terri's feeding tube returned to her, and has nothing to do with political agenda. I did say in the "outrage" thread that I supported how some House Republican leaders like DeLay (who generally I have a huge issue with in terms of his unethical history in politics) stepped up to the plate in the case and asked for a subpoena. Looking back I'm not quite sure of what I said, as I thought at the time that this case wouldn't explode like this just because a few politicians asked for some time.
I just also advise them in that I believe some (not all) have taken this the wrong way, and insist that we focus on the case itself in a pre-Congress fashion. I fear also, understanding the way this debate has now made it across all the major press headlines and such, that the way this political fashion has gotten tangled up here may be irreversible, and this may not only be an uphill battle, it feels as though we're struggling up the slant of a pyramid.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"