The Schiavo media circus rolls on and I’ve really been too disgusted with it to comment on it here. I’m sure you have come to your own conclusions but here are a few related items you may not have heard or thought about (via Digby):
…[In 1999] George W. Bush signed a law in Texas that expressly gave hospitals the right to remove life support if the patient could not pay and there was no hope of revival, regardless of the patient's family's wishes. It is called the Texas Futile Care Law. Under this law, a baby was removed from life support against his mother's wishes in Texas just this week. A 68 year old man was given a temporary reprieve by the Texas courts just yesterday.
…the tort reform that is being contemplated by the Republican congress would preclude malpractice claims like that which has paid for Terry Schiavo's care thus far.
…the bankruptcy bill will make it even more difficult for families who suffer a catastrophic illness like Terry Schiavo's because they will not be able to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy and get a fresh start when the gargantuan medical bills become overwhelming.
And this from Atrios:
…we have a sitting member of Congress using his bully pulpit and media access to target and attack the character someone who is mostly a private citizen and who has not been accused of or convicted of any crime. I'm sure this isn't entirely without precedent, but the level of volume and personal vitriol which Tom DeLay has directed at Michael Schiavo should give us all pause, as should the fact that the media is treating it as a perfectly ordinary thing. It's one thing to have Harpy Grace flaying you on CNN, it's another thing when Congressman DeLay feels it's a part of his job description.
Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. have feeding tubes removed every year. It’s never an easy decision, I’m sure. I hope I never have to do it. But the fact remains, this is not unusual and any sense.
The only reason the Schiavo case is getting ANY attention is because there is a difference of opinion on what to do among family members. Had Schiavo’s family been unanimous in removing the feeding tube, it would have happened and that would have been that. Would creeps like DeLay have protested that it was murder. Of course not. It happens all the time in his home state of Texas. In fact, it’s the law (see above).
Those trying to make political hay out of this should have their political feeding tubes removed at the first opportunity.