reader (the Second) said:TTB summed it up - assisted suicide is more humane, but we only provide that to our animals, not our loved ones. I had to ask my husband's forgiveness (he had stopped comprehending many months before but still...) the last 2 weeks of his life that I did not have the legal means to end his life mercifully then.
reader (the Second) said:Hanta Yo said:Reader (the second), Ranchwife, TTB,
I straddle the fence on this one. Reader (the second) my heart goes out to you, and you, too ranchwife. Mike Chiavo is a bigamist, he should divorce his wife and let her parents take care of her the way they want to. I've been listening to several radio talk shows and they have brought up all possible angles to this unfortunate situation. What I've deduced from this is Mike Chiavo didn't spend the money he could have on Terry's physical therapy, etc. I don't know how she COULD have been if he had spent the money on her. I don't understand why he is so adamant about killing her this way. Dehydration is a horrible way to die. We treat our pets better than he is treating his wife.
This is a difficult situation because her parents say they will take over care for her. I agree. I would take whatever is said about Michael Schiavo on talk shows with a grain of salt. We don't have real insight into what he felt or did and he is clearly being villainized by certain groups. He could be an innocent, suffering husband or there could be truth, but we don't actually know which it is and furthermore, this is between the courts and the family, not the media and the American public. I can't imagine, having gone through end-of-life decisions that are so tragic and terrible what it must be like to have the tragedy compounded by people calling him names and the media all over the entire misfortunate family. Talking about her bulimia and so on. Disgusting.
Cal said:When her family so desperately wants her alive, I would consider the great effort that it has taken to kill her vindictive and evil. Even if she is totally vegetative, which has been debated to death, what harm is being done to keep her alive for her family's peace of mind? If she is actually suffering from starvation and dehydration, than she has suffered a worse death than the most heinous murderer that has recieved a painless lethal injection.
How many of you has watched someone dying whose body is tortured by cancer;