The supporters of Terri Schiavo's right to continue living have fought for her heroically, through the courts and through the legislatures. They're still fighting. They really mean it. And they have memories.
On the other side of this debate, one would assume there is an equally well organized and passionate group of organizations deeply committed to removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. But that's not true. There's just about no one on the other side. Or rather there is one person, a disaffected husband who insists Terri once told him she didn't want to be kept alive by extraordinary measures.
Noonan is also right that if the Republican party, which controls every important branch of the federal government, can't be moved to save Terri Schiavo, then it will be worth asking why they should be allowed to stay in control.
I don't agree the Republicans will be blamed when this happens. They have done a lot (Jeb Bush and most recently Congress); however, I think it's really telling that the Democrats are largely silent on Terry. They have said nothing. Even the feminist establishment is silent despite the obvious implications of a husband having full authority to put his wife to death. The husband may be telling the truth about Terry's request, but there's no living will and the removal of the feeding tube amounts to torture instead of a quick death.
The issue is really about judges who are out of control. I think the Republicans can take control of the issue to get more conservative judges.
Also, the issue is liberals who don't have respect for life. They seem to love euthanasia, which doesn't conflict with their world view.
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