So it really does turn out that our society is pretty much fine with letting someone starve to death if it looks like – based on what we know medically – that person is brain dead.
I did not know this until now. Maybe I was naive, but I actually thought that if it came down to it, most people would think that if Terri Schiavo should be euthanized if that’s what she told her hubby she wanted, then at least it must be done humanely.
You know, like we do for serial killers on death row. Like we do for our dogs and cats. Like any decent person would for a freaking hamster.
Apparently, though I would be arrested and prosecuted for cruelty if, for example, I tried to starve to death an unconscious, crippled, brain-dead cat – you know, to put it out of its misery that it is somehow suffering even though it’s a fucking brain-dead cat – it is perfectly all right with most Americans if a human being is, in literal and actual fact, slowly and deliberately killed by the withholding of food and water.
All rightee then.
Humanity is seriously fucked up. That’s all there is to it. Seriously, hopelessly, unforgivably fucked up.
People are debating fine points of law about due process and states’ rights and blah blah blah, but for the love of God, why aren’t there laws that simply state that under no circumstances whatsoever is it legal to cause someone to die by starvation and dehydration.
Even if a patient has no cerebral cortex – has absolutely no awareness that any doctor on the entire planet can detect by any technological means we possess – it should not be legal in a civilized society to kill them like this.
Her feeding tube went directly into her stomach. So, if this woman has any sensation at all, any awareness at all, she is suffering intensely somewhere deep down wherever that awareness is. It hurts when you are hungry, remember? It hurts to be truly thirsty. There is physical pain involved here.
But she can’t feel pain, though, right? Right. So they say.
Would it be okay if someone walked up to her bed right now and punched Terri in the face? Why not? Why can’t someone just physically beat on her until she dies. She can’t defend herself any more than she can feed herself. The courts have declared that she is to die, so why not speed it up? Choke her. Put a pillow over her face. You don’t even have to be violent about it, just use tape to close off her nostrils and cover her mouth completely. It will only take a few minutes.
If she’s a vegetable, she won’t know. She’s incapable of suffering by starvation, then she’s incabable of suffering by suffocation.
So why in holy hell is everyone okay with her taking a week or more to die instead of five minutes? WHY?? Because five minutes would be “murder” and up to two weeks is “respecting Terri’s wishes”? That is so incredibly fucked up, I could swear it’s all just a bad, sick joke.
Seriously people. I could go on and on, and I’m sure many of you have already had these thoughts yourself, but Jesus effing Christ. I am honestly appalled at what’s going on and how people are being so intellectually dishonest and so unreasonable. It really is outrageous.
If society thinks it’s okay to let her die, then fine. Let her die. I’m a big fan of not letting living things suffer when they don’t have to. Which kinda is the main reason I think starving her to death is wrong.
And it’s also the reason why I think that you are completely batshit insane – not to mention a rotten human being – if you truly think it’s wrong to let her live in a PVS state because she is capable of suffering by persisting in that state, but it’s okay to starve her to death, because she is incapable of suffering from the long, slow, painful death of dehydration and starvation.
It makes no sense.