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03/23/2005: "Is Terri Schaivo an innocent human being?"

Many of the issues that revolve around the Schaivo debate would be resolved if a simple question was answered. Is Terri Schaivo an innocent human being?

On the face of it this question seems so simple. What can the implications be? Well, let’s first answer the question. This very simple question has two parts. Is she innocent and is she a human being?

Obviously Terri has committed no crime. She has not been accused and she has not been convicted. Ok, that is very simple and it is out of the way.

Now, is Terri a human being? Of course again she is a human being. There is nothing that can be done that would take her out of the realm of being a human being. Even if she were in a “persistent vegetative state” she would still be a human being.

So as an innocent human being, she must be afforded all the rights of an innocent human being. She must be afforded the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

So how does starving an innocent woman to death fit into this list of rights? If you know anything about starvation or even fasting you know how painful and awful it can be. Many of you that are arguing for her starvation would never consider doing the same thing to a convicted child rapist and murderer but you are willing to do it to an innocent woman. What could possibly lead to this thinking?

How does “quality of life” fit into this argument? If I am depressed for a few days, my quality of life goes down and certainly my family’s quality of life decreases. Should I kill myself because of that? What does “quality of life” have to do with anything? That concept is totally subjective and the feeling of life quality can change on a whim from day to day. A human life is a human life, it is our duty as care providers to do our best to help improve the life of others, not take their life.

Let’s call this what it really is, removing the feeding tubes from Terri is murder. Just like if we were to stop feeding a baby it would be called murder. Let’s keep our moral compasses directed to the true north here.

Wayne Moran

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It is very evident that after Terri spent two years in her “broken” state of consciousness that here husband was ready to “dispose” of her. He had grown tired of his vows of “for better or worse” and was plotting to engage the “till death do us part” clause of the contract.

Freaki said @ 03/23/2005 10:11 AM CST

Blah, Blah, Blah. Thats's all your screed is worth.

Proof said @ 03/23/2005 01:22 PM CST

Christ was crucified on the cross because he was labeled a criminal. According to his comtempories, he was no innocent human being. He was accused and convicted. Therefore, according to Wayne Moran, Christ himself should not have been afforded all the rights of an innocent human being, because clearly, he was not innocent.

So, my point is, we can not be judges of another human being, like Freaki does in his/her despicable screed. And nor can anyone judge Terri's husband, unless of course, they are willing to wash their hands of Christs crucifixion, like Pontius Pilate did.

Innocent life said @ 03/23/2005 01:34 PM CST

The trial of Jesus Christ was a sham just like the trial of Terri Schiavo looks to be a sham (I can only call it as I see it). We as individuals are supposed to judge and discern, but judge rightly. Judge based on absolute truths.

Q and A Blogger said @ 03/23/2005 02:27 PM CST

Your intellect is overwhelming. Your open-mindedness and willingness to debate is astounding. Thank you for your contribution to the conversation.

You know what? I think we need to go out to lunch and discuss this. It would make for great lunchtime conversation. It sounds like you are equally as passionate as I am, and I certainly enjoy hearing other points of view. What do you say?

Q and A Blogger said @ 03/23/2005 02:34 PM CST

You are a worthy adversary, I must say, and I know you are an approachable and open-minded person. However, it is best to keep a distance, and let the debate and issues speak for themselves. Besides, I write alot better than I speak. Thank you for the opportunity to debate.

Lunch said @ 03/23/2005 04:13 PM CST

I thank you for your honesty. You have taught me a very valuable lesson today on blogging and maybe life in general. Did you notice how the tone of the conversation changed dramatically after my little offer of truce or friendship? Well that is the tone and demeanor that I want all of my conversations to be.
You showed me how important respect is even in the impersonal blog world and I thank you for that. The idea that we can clash with great passion at one moment and then go out for a hamburger the next and laugh it up helps to put a human face on the discussion and helps to remind me to respect all no matter how much we may disagree...
Thank you

Q and A Blogger said @ 03/24/2005 05:34 AM CST

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