Terri's not dead, people- there's a living, breathing body in that bed. The new brain might be inactive or liquified, but the brain stem (the old brain) is still very much alive.
She's not dead until her heart stops on its own accord.
I think calling her "dead" is a great disgrace to life and against every biological tenet we hold true. There's not a scientist in the world who wouldn't declare her body "alive".
I'll say it again- legally, the tube should be removed. But don't delude yourself into thinking she died fifteen years ago. She's starving to death right now.
I suppose you also think that a clump of cells in a woman's uterus is also alive.
And you propose that biologically they are not?She's not dead until her heart stops on its own accord.
If her heart stopped of its own accord, her parents would want her hooked up to other machines and we'd be right back at square one. They are determined to keep her body alive by any means.
I don't have a problem with pulling the plug on respirators- if there's no chance, let me go. But starving her is inhumane. Someone mentioned earlier that she can't ingest food on her own. Where does this slippery slope end? What if it goes from not being able to swallow to not being able to physically place the food in your mouth? Is feeding a parapalegic considered "life support"? You are basically ensuring their survival. Likewise, a baby can't eat unless you help it. Could mothers cut off "life support" and let their babies die? I'm sure there are some lawyers that would argue the point. If grandma breaks her hip and can't reach the top shelf for food, do we slowly let her die?
Terri's body wants fuel. Right now, every cell in her body is screaming to survive, since it's the utmost instinct we have. I consider withholding something somebody needs to live to be murder.
Pulling out the feeding tube is equivalent in my book to sucking all the oxygen out of the room. Her stomach works, it just needs the raw material.
No, her parents want her body to have the raw material. By the family's own admission, Terri is "past the point of no return." She has no idea that she doesn't have raw material, nor does she have the capacity to want it.