Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Lifers on the Loose: The appalling rhetoric in the Schiavo case Cathy Young in Reason with an excellent piece on this mess. The longer it continues the more I find myself on the husband's side. The "save Terri" side has gone so far overboard with its rhetoric that it is really doing damage to its cause. Nancy Cruzan was in the same situation ten years ago and I don't recall anything like this happening.

I'm not one to see a theocratic threat hiding under every bed. But here, the issue is whether life-and-death decisions are to be made by individuals within the law, or by the state on the basis on some people's understanding of what God wants. And I stress some people's: The majority of religious Americans support the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and even evangelicals are evenly divided.

Is there hypocrisy on both sides? Sure. Some on the left might well be championing Schiavo's survival as a disability rights or women's rights cause if it weren't being championed by right-to-life conservatives. The liberals who lambaste Republicans for trampling states' rights like federalism only when it suits them. But two wrongs don't make a right; and what the right is doing in the Schiavo's case is indeed a great wrong.

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