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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 29, 2005, 12:47:49 PM »
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.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 29, 2005, 12:44:05 PM »
Now the Schindler's have Jesse Jackson speaking on their behalf.  This is really getting to be ridiculous, and is certainly offensive.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:47:04 AM »
Interesting that you bring this up.  On "Hannity and Colmes" a few nights ago, Sean Hannity asked Bobby Schindler (Terri's brother) if the family's lawyers are considering murder charges against Michael Schiavo.  His response was the same response he'd given to all of their questions; something to the effect of "we're focusing on my sister now and I'm sure our lawyers will look into all of these things when the time comes."

Legally, I don't think murder charges can be brought, but I would expect Sean Hannity to ask such a question.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 29, 2005, 06:04:30 AM »
That whole due process thing is such a joke.  I can't believe these people have the gall to say such a thing when it's obvious that more people in our governments and court have given time to this, even when such time was not required of them.  It's laughable that the President and Congress got involved.

Just because you didn't get the outcome you wanted doesn't mean you were denied due process.

I agree...the federal government stuck their nose in where it didn't belong.  But since they did, I figured it'd be worth pointing out what may well be the funniest thing ever said on the House floor.  During that ridiculous 3-hour debate, Rep Barney Frank (D-MA), said "I'm not a doctor, I just play one on C-SPAN." I thought that was hysterical.

Of course, every republican House member with a medical degree then proceeded to diagnose Terri's condition, which I thought was ridiculous.

But you can always count on Barney Frank for a good laugh.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 29, 2005, 05:42:01 AM »
I sympathized with Terri's parents for awhile, but once they started lying to the press and not stopping their lawyers from doing the same (i.e. 'Terri's in pain' ot 'Terri's trying to communicate with us and we can tell'), I lost respect for them.  They come out of this looking selfish, and appearing to place their agenda first, and their concerns about their daughter second.

And if anyone in the Schindler family -- or their attorney's -- say one more time that Terri's been denied due process, I may just give up following the case.  This matter has gone before the President, the House, the Senate, the Florida legislature, a Florida state court, and every federal court (twice).  No one has bee given more due process than Terri Schiavo.

That said, I fully support Michael's position that he is carrying out his wife's wishes.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 29, 2005, 05:15:02 AM »
So whoever it was that posted earlier that Michael Schiavo planned on having an autopsy performed on terri was correct:

Personally, I think this is a good thing.  It'll certainly silence those who allege that he beat her (if he did, do you think he'd request an autopsy), and it'll allow the parents to see just how severly brain damaged their daughter was; not a pleasanr thing, but maybe after seeing that, they'll realize just how selfish they were being.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 28, 2005, 04:43:45 PM »
It's almost impossible to swallow and breathe at the same time.  There's a flap (I forget what it's called) that closes off the pipes when we eat.  If this were not the case, we'd all choke to death.

The flap is called the epiglottis

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Terry Schiavo
« on: March 28, 2005, 04:41:14 PM »
No, your grandfather could refuse to have the tube inserted AMA.  A feeding tube, whether everyone agrees or not, counts as life support.

From a legal standpoint, that's not necessarily true.  Where Terri is (Florida), you're correct (Florida Statutes Sec. 765.101 (10)).  However, here in NY, a feeding tube is not considered life support (I don't know the statute offhand, but it can be found in our Public Health Law).

The point is, it varies from state to state whether a feeding tube constitutes life support.

Law School Admissions / One More Terri Schiavo Thread
« on: March 26, 2005, 04:52:59 AM »
I find something incredibly ironic...Terri Schiavo's are using the judiciary and the legal system to keep their daughter alive, but at the same time, her father is claiming that Terri's death is a "judicial homicide."  This is an extreme case of an abuse of the judiciary, and they need to stop.  If Terri were cogent, I find it hard to believe that she -- or anyone -- would approve of her parent's abuse of the legal system.  It's time for the Schindler's to let their daughter die a peaceful death.

Law School Admissions / Re: Hofstra
« on: March 24, 2005, 09:51:57 AM »
The city is very accessible from Hofstra...however, keep in mind that this is only the case if you're 'ridin' the rails'...driving is a nightmare and I would not suggest it.  As far as the LIRR goes, it takes 30-45 mins (closer to 30 I think) to get into penn station from Hempstead and it'll probably cost you a decent wage (6-8$, one way depending on the time).  As far as all this talk about Hempstead being a dodgy area, I think the views people are putting forth are misleading.  The disparity between Hempstead and most long island towns is GREAT, but bear in mind that LI is probably one of the richest areas in the country.  Meaning, that for normal folk Hempstead ainít that bad. 

Notwithstanding your assertion that "LI is probably one of the richest areas in the country," most of Hempstead is still BAD.  And I wouldn't call Hempstead (which, by train, is approx. 52 minutes from the city, according to the LIRR schedule) "very accessible" to the city, either.  But I suppose that since people come from different areas, their views on "accessibility" will vary greatly.

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