I don’t really know much about the Terry Schiavo case. There is a situation very close to my family where the life of a brain-dead person was prolonged artificially for many years against his own explicit wishes, causing terrible pain for many in the family who knew his wishes and wanted them respected, so I am not in any position to form any kind of unbiased opinion on the case and haven not been focusing on it.
The interesting thing about the whole thing to me is a comment a friend made on a mailing list I’m on, which was that the Schiavo case has given us the strange spectacle of all the Republican leaders insisting loudly that people have a right to medical care.
Hey, that’s cool. If they can expand that to the notion that people who aren’t persistently vegetative have a right to medical care, there’s some hope for the soul of this nation.