Judge doesn't order Schiavo's feeding tube reinsertedI did not write about this because it was - and still is - a subject that I haven't made-up my mind about. On the one hand, I can feel amd understand the parents' wish to keep their "little girl" alive, even in these poor conditions. It is their daughter, and it will always be hard for them to accept that there is no hope for her, until she actually ceases to breathe, and her heart stops beating. And the videos, to the layman eye, do seem to show some reaction. But I also understand and feel the position of the husband, who believes he owes it to his wife to let her go, as he said she wished. And he has on his behalf a battery of doctors confirming that there is no further hope for Terri...
A federal judge on Tuesday refused to order the reinsertion of a feeding tube for Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman who is the center of a national legal battle over her life.
Attorneys for Schiavo's parents will file an appeal at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.
UPDATE 3/23/05 AM: Appeals panel won't order Schiavo fed
UPDATE 3/23/05 PM: Court denies request to rehear Schiavo case
I have been ambivalent, not because I believe that he parents have a legal case - they don't, but because starving and dehydrating Terri seems quite an inhumane wa of "letting" someone die. But then again, many people do die in that fashion evey week. What I am certainly not ambivalent about, is the fact that the Federal government had no place in this matter, and that it overstepped its bounds. It is yet another example of the ideological bend of this congress' Republican majority, which has decided to use this case to please their pro-life constituency. I believe that's at best misguided, but that's just me.