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Tens of Thousands of Iraqis Demand U.S. Withdrawal

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50 posted 04-20-2005 08:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Does anyone really think the ability to breath is the sole criteria for life?

You got me....guilty here.
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51 posted 04-20-2005 09:21 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

We posted at the same exact time, Michael. Talk about being in sync!
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forgot to eat dinner....running downstairs for a quick snack...my husband hasn't refused me food and water yet, so I'll take advantage while I still can!
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There are a few interesting articles referenced here pertaining to this discussion, one about the 'vegetative state' and one below it regarding 'brain dead'.
http://www.blogsforterri.com/
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Tim, I think that a good place to anchor on the side of the hill would be to make it illegal to deprive anyone of nutrition and hydration, the terminal and non-terminal alike.

The truly terminal will die even with nutrition and hydration, and less painfully, since starvation and dehydration cause severe pain, and for the non-terminal, well, I can only see it as a direct act to end their existence, since no disease or condition will end it.

In the terminal, it has become an accepted way to make them die more quickly, and in the non-terminal, it's just a way to make them die, period.

I think we will find ourselves at the bottom of the hill quickly if we don't put an end to this barbaric practice.
 
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