Last week during a campaign swing through Florida Rudy Giuliani told people there that he supported the state government's efforts to save Terri Schiavo's life.
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I would have thought that the autopsy performed on Terri Schiavo after her death that proved beyond a doubt that her brain had been irretrievably damaged 15 years earlier would have ended the debate. I thought that the argument being made for state and Congressional intervention in the case was the possibility that the 6 of the 7 doctors who had examined her and thought (rightly as the autopsy proved) that she would never regain consciousness were wrong. I distinctly remember then majority leader Senator Frist saying that the 15 second videotape he had seen had convinced him that Terri might be capable of conscious awareness and that possibility was the reason Congress should intervene.
Apparently Giuliani does not care that Terri Schiavo was never going to have a conscious thought. Giuliani does not care that Terri’s husband felt that 15 years on life-support was enough and it was time to let her go. Giuliani does not care that the courts had already ruled on the legal challenges by other family members. Giuliani still thinks that the state government was right to try to intervene.
If your spouse had been on life-support without consciousness for an extended period and you had come to the decision that the best thing for everyone involved was to finally let your spouse die and the doctors agreed, how would you feel if President Giuliani decided that the government should intervene to prevent you from making this decision?