Wittingshire, the blog reports on the following crimes against humanity. Apparently Schiavo type murders are taking place on a daily basis. These stories are horrifying...........Click on Wittingshire's blog for all of it.
Schiavo Isn't the Only One
As part of a book project I've been working on, I've gone into the medical and legal literature of this area in depth, and I have been appalled at the flimsy evidence usually accepted by trial courts who make a determination of PVS [Persistent Vegetative State]. In virtually every major case I'm aware of, there were serious disagreements by doctors and nurses in the trial record, but the judges simply disregarded those disagreements. As long as one doctor, on whatever grounds, argued for a diagnosis of PVS, that was enough--no matter what evidence existed against the diagnosis.He then gives a long list of disturbing examples:
A court case from New York that occurred during the same time as the Cruzan litigation dramatized the possibility that some doctors were overstepping the medical evidence when advocating the removal of food and hydration.
Eighty-six year old stroke victim Carrie Coons was declared to be in a PVS by her doctors, who insisted that her condition was irreversible. Based on this medical testimony, the judge in the case ordered Coons' feeding tube removed. But before the order could be carried out, Carrie's roomate in the hospital pled with her to do something, "Come on, Carrie, you need to eat, or you're going to die." Nurses also tried to give Carrie another chance, and soon she was eating pudding, drinking juice-and talking. "I didn't realize anyone cared," she commented. The judge rescinded his earlier order, but was left wondering how medical experts who had been so sure of themselves could have been so completely wrong.
Other food-and-hydration cases have expanded the circle well beyond PVS patients to include those who are clearly conscious. In 1987 the daughter of 92-year-old Anna Hirth of California sought to have her mother's feeding tube removed over the objections of her mother's doctor. An Alzheimer's patient, the elderly Mrs. Hirth had suffered additional brain damage after a choking incident. Yet her doctor insisted that Mrs. Hirth was conscious, felt pain, tracked people with her eyes, and could even take in small amounts of fluid by mouth. Mrs. Hirth was eventually removed from the care of her doctor and transferred to another nursing facility, where she died just a few days later.
During the same year, Michigan resident Michael Martin received an incapacitating brain injury in a car-train accident. Although mentally disabled, he was not in a persistent vegetative state. He could "carry out some voluntary motor commands... recognize faces, and... communicate with other people through head nods." He was "conscious, alert, appears happy, plays card games, and loves country-western music." His post-accident IQ was apparently in "the range for someone mildly retarded."
As in the Schiavo case, it was Michael's spouse who sought to end his life by removing his feeding tube, but his mother and sister fought the effort in court. Unlike in the Schiavo case, however, Michael's spouse Mary openly acknowledged that her husband was "conscious, awake" and not in a PVS. But that did not seem to matter. She still regarded him as less than human. "He does nothing but smile," she complained at a conference in 1998. She added that patients like Michael "could be the organ donors who are so desperately needed." hat tip Judith, Hawks
Also mara sent me a copy of a medical report on Terri Schiavo, from a neurologist who examined her for 5 hours. (Cranston, in comparison,
saw her for 45 minutes.) Check it out in NewMax.
Oh and also, JCRUE (thanks sweetie) sent me this on the Blind Judge Greer that decided Terri's fate.................Ben Stein's Article in the Spectator
Please read it all.............this is cold blooded murder................apathy is a crimeTo Be Absolutely Frank
By Ben Stein
Published 3/25/2005 11:38:48 AM
Here is what makes me furious about the Terri Schiavo case, short and sweet.
The courts of the United States can find a right for the abortion industry to take a fully formed, totally healthy baby at nine months' term, out of his mother's womb and murder it by putting scissors through his brain and grinding them about.
They do this without one single word of support from any Congressional act of any kind ever.
They can find a right of savage murderers of innocent women who drown them for a lark to avoid the death penalty because they are old enough to drive and to kill but supposedly too young to be executed. Again, there is not one syllable in any Congressional act that sanctions this protection of the guilty.
But with the Congress and the President of the United States pleading for the life of a woman who is not brain dead, who responds to words and to touch, who is not on life support, whose parents beg for her to be kept alive, whose nurses give affidavits that she can be rehabilitated, with a specific law commanding the courts to review the case to keep this poor soul alive, the courts instead find no rights for her.