Shouldn't the one(s) arguing to remove the tube have the burden of proving that's the course of action she would prefer? That's how I would want if I were the one stretched out on the bed. Her husband says she would have wanted the tube removed, but shouldn't he have to prove it?
(aside: way too much husband-bashing by certain of the Terry supporters. "Speak the truth in love." Isn't that the gospel dictum? For all any of us know he's an average-Joe-of-goodwill muddling through a terrible trial as best he can. That's the charitable presumption, it seems to me, for all of us who can't "look into his soul.")
Do people ever recover from PVS after 15+ years? Is there a case history?
She was only 24 years old when she (purportedly) declared her desire to be allowed to die under such circumstances. I thought I knew alot when I was 24, but I was wrong about alot of those things.
Assuming the courts have done everything by the book, does that make it justice? Dred Scott, Plessey v. Ferguson, Roe v. Wade, were all the result of due process, and were all unjust decisions (IMO.) How depressing it's been for a wannabe law student to witness the gears of process churning and grinding, all rules and regulations, no inspiration. Is justice really the product of such bloodless deliberation?
My own answer to most of the questions I've posed would, alas, be a puzzled "I don't know...." God help me.
Everyone making cynical, Howard Stern-style wisecracks at Terry Sciavo's expense and her parent's, the arrow is one day going to find it's mark in your own life, or your loved ones'. Count on it. Then run the laughtrack and see how you feel.
"When the Son of Man returns, will he find faith on the earth?" Rhetorical question in the original.