Terri Schiavo is dead. Not like a poll can bring her back to human life.
But, a poll that reflects public opinion of other Americans can, hopefully, make some impact on the lives and times of yet other Americans who may be — or one day find themselves in or caring for someone — in similar circumstances that affected Terri Schiavo while she was still with us here on this Earth.
From Michelle Malkin, referring to an article in LifeNews (and reported elsewhere on the internet and referred to on FOX News, but even to this enthusiastic viewer of that network, not very predominantly, if only feebly blurted out to exist here and there while otherwise plagued by some highly misleading commentators about Terri Schiavo), there’s this news about a Zogby poll:
barely nine percent — NINE PERCENT — of Americans, when accurately questioned about Terri Schiavo’s circumstances and condition, agreed that a feeding tube should be withheld.
Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients.
The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri’s case, 43 percent say “the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube” while just 30 percent disagree.
Another Zogby question [bears] directly on Terri’s circumstances.
“If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water,” the poll asked.
A whopping 79 percent said the patient should not have food and water taken away while just 9 percent said yes.
Good for Americans. A little late as to the message for Terri Schiavo, but good for Americans. I am suggesting ever so mildly here that perhaps before anyone else suffering disabling circumstances/conditions is taken to and through death’s door by the decisions of anyone else, that we at least start with the premise points that (1.) they’re still alive and that (2.) we should try to keep them alive. And THEN listen to the various pleas and whatever from whomever about why someone else just has to die.
I am profoundly disappointed in the Newsletter comments I received about Terri Schiavo’s life and times from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Who I have voted for many times in my lifetime but doubt very strongly I will ever vote for again. Empty words, empty counsel, emptiness…all that from a legislature that was without muscle, courage and dedication to protect and defend:
Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein on Terri Schiavo
March 31, 2005
“I offer my deepest condolences to all members of Terri Schiavo’s family. The past 15 years have been very difficult for all of them. I wish them the very best and hope that they find peace.
The lesson that is to be drawn from this for the rest of us is the importance of talking about these issues with your family and drafting a living will that includes as much specificity as possible, along with a durable power of attorney and a clear medical directive.
This situation should not lead us to choose sides, but rather it highlights the importance of clear communication so that loved ones may understand the wishes of their family members should a similar situation arise. The absence of clarity can all too often lead to irreparable breaches within the family.
I also believe very strongly that the federal government should not be imposing its will in situations better left to individuals, families and the states.”
Yeah, well, that’s nice. Isn’t that spelled well? Typed without any blemishes or errors or misstatements? Ever so carefully breathless?
Laws and rulings all dotted and crossed and perfectly dusted and stored all away. Judges and legislators all safe in their homes, their benches and desks all tidy and groomed. And Terri Shiavo dead because someone maneuvered the possibility as to how to make her so.