Competent Enough to Live — Declaring the Physically Disabled "Inferior People"
by Bobby Schindler
June 16, 2008
LifeNews.com Note: Bobby Schindler is the brother of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose husband won a court order to subject her to a painful euthanasia death. Since her death, the Schindler family run the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation that helps disabled people obtained appropriate medical care and legal help. Opinion and editorial articles like this one do not necessarily reflect the views of LifeNews.com.
Recently, yet another situation similar to that of my sister Terri Schiavo has made headlines. In West Palm Beach, Florida, Raymond Weber is asking the court to dehydrate his disabled wife, Karen, to death.
If you have read any of the reports in mainstream media, its just another case of a husband looking out for the best interest of his spouse. And just as in Terris case, Raymond Weber is asking the government to deliberately kill his wife who is not dying and is guilty of nothing more than having difficulty swallowing and therefore needing help, in the form of a feeding tube, to eat.
Not surprisingly, in a story by the AP, was a quote from the husbands attorney who so touchingly referred to his clients brain-injured wife as a vegetable, thus offending the tens of thousands of people and their families who do live with a profound brain injury.
The reporter also wrote that the decision whether Karen should live or die will depend upon whether or not a committee finds her competent to go on living. Yes, that is correct, competent enough to live. I guess passing an IQ test will be next.
Factors such as what is being taught in our medical schools, the breakdown of our health care system, the powerful influence of assisted suicide organizations, and the propaganda of our mainstream media have taken their toll.
As a result, the physically and mentally inferior are being denied the most basic carefood and waterin our nations medical facilities every day. (Thank goodness we have laws making it a felony if we do the same to an animal, although I would expect there would be a greater outcry if it were the family pets at risk.)
Equally as disturbing is the fact that our politicians, including our two presidential candidates, ignore this issue and because of it are failing in one of the most important responsibilities they have as leadersto protect our most vulnerable citizens.
Perhaps our general public doesnt have a clue as to how widespread this problem is in our nation today. This ignorance is in large part because of a stealth and powerful lobby who support patient dehydration based on quality of life judgments. This has slowly but surely changed our laws regarding food and water. Nutrition and hydration through a feeding tube, once considered basic care, are now recognized as artificial nutrition and hydrationand therefore a form of medical treatment.
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