Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 25, 2005

Ralph Nader calls for Terri to Live

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:07 pm

I never thought I’d find myself on the same side as Ralph Nader on anything, but as they say, “when there’s life, there’s hope.” What’s even more amazing, perhaps, is who the joint statement is with.

Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith have issued a joint statement calling for the Florida courts and Governor Jeb Bush to let Terri Schiavo live.

“A profound injustice is being inflicted on Terri Schiavo,” Nader and Smith asserted today. “Worse, this slow death by dehydration is being imposed upon her under the color of law, in proceedings in which every benefit of the doubt-and there are many doubts in this case-has been given to her death, rather than her continued life.”

Among the many injustices in this case, Nader and Smith point to the following:

The courts not only are refusing her tube feeding, but have ordered that no attempts be made to provide her water or food by mouth. Terri swallows her own saliva. Spoon feeding is not medical treatment. “This outrageous order proves that the courts are not merely permitting medical treatment to be withheld, it has ordered her to be made dead,” Nader and Smith assert.

The medical and rehabilitation experts are split on whether Terri is in a persistent vegetative state or whether Terri can be improved with therapy. There is only one way to know for sure- permit the therapy. That is the only way to resolve all doubts.

The court is imposing process over justice. After the first trial in this case, much evidence has been produced that should allow for a new trial-which was the point of the hasty federal legislation. If this were a death penalty case, this evidence would demand reconsideration. Yet, an innocent disabled woman is receiving less justice.

The federal and state governments are spending billions on what we are told will become miracle medical cures for people with all sorts of degenerative conditions, including brain damage. If this is so, why not permit Terri’s parents and siblings who want to care for her do so in the hope that such cures are discovered?

Remember this next time someone claims it’s just right-wingers, pro-lifers and Republicans who want to save Terri.

2 Responses to “Ralph Nader calls for Terri to Live”

  1. Dave Schuler Says:

    Nader’s support is enough to make you re-think your position regardless of what your position is. Now that’s power.

  2. Different River Says:

    Nah, Nader’s support didn’t make me re-think my position on this issue. It didn’t even make me re-think my position on Nader generally. It just reminded me that almost no one is totally wrong all the time.

    I was once talking to a liberal — a top aide to then Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). He’s a smart guy and a good person, both smart enough and compassionate enough to be a conservative, but for some reason I don’t understand, he’s a liberal. Anyway, he said something that made him sound (to me) like Rush Limbaugh. I told him so, and he responded that “even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

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