Saturday, March 05, 2005
An Anchor to the Side of the Head
Justin Katz points out an anecdote about the reaction of a "well respected neurologist" who could not understand why Terri Schiavo had not been given an MRI or PET scan under the authority of her caregiver husband:
I stopped him and told him that these tests have never been done for her; that [husband and legal guardian] Michael had refused these tests.Next, Donald B. Hawthorne asks a question: Is Terri Schiavo being killed by an activist judge's judicial fiat?
There was a moment of dead silence.
"How can he continue as guardian?", the neurologist said in a tone of utter incredulity. "He refused a non-invasive test? How can they be debating a life and death decision without these tests?" ...
He said, "I can't believe intelligent people are debating this woman's life without these tests."
Pinellas County Circuit Judge George Greer, says Hawthorne, handed down a ruling which allows her husband Michael to remove "nutrition and hydration from the ward, Theresa Schiavo, at 1:00 p.m. on March 18, 2005." Hawthorne then points out that this is only one of the latest in a litany of ethically challenged actions by this judge.
For the full litany go here.
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