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  • Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Hypocrisy is the rule for those who rule

    Before we look into House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s history of dealing with his own personal end-of-life issue, let us remember that he referred to the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube as "an act of barbarism". From Democracy Now!: Pulling the Plug: Rep. Tom DeLay and Terri Schiavo's Dad Supported Their Own Parent's Right to Die

    [In a tragic accident, Tom DeLay’s father] was thrown into a tree, and suffered severe injuries to the right side of his body, his head and his chest. He had had broken ribs. He had internal brain damage.

    He was kept alive for about 27 days. He was on a respirator, and the doctors had told the family, according to the people that Sam Verhovek and I talked to, that if he did live, he would most likely be at best in a vegetative state. And the family decided that when his kidneys started to fail, and the question would have been to give him dialysis to keep him going, the family decided not to do that. And they put a do not resuscitate order into his medical record, and he died 27 days after the accident at the Brook Army Medical Center in Texas.

    And remembering that DeLay is one of those leading the push for "tort reform":

    Subsequent to that, the family filed a lawsuit against the company that -- one of the companies that manufactured the part of the brake that they bought and the other company that had sold it to them, and that's where it's in the records of that lawsuit that most of the details of the accident and -- you know, the story of what happened are there on file down in Texas.

    In similar news, how did Bob Schindler, Terri's father, respond when his own mother had pneumonia, failing kindneys and was on a respirator?:

    He asked if I put her on a ventilator, does she have a chance of surviving, of coming out of this thing? And apparently, after discussing with the doctors, he decided his mother did not have a chance of a normal life, and so he decided to cut off the ventilator.

    2 Comments:

    At 3/30/2005 07:21:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There are many reasons to halt the death of Mrs Schiavo and pointless petty attacks don't help.

    there will certainly be long-term reverberations from this case and its fracturing of the rule of law in the Florida courts and then the federal courts—as well as the disgracefully ignorant coverage of the case by the great majority of the media, including such pillars of the trade as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and the Los Angeles Times as they copied each other's misinformation, like Terri Schiavo being "in a persistent vegetative state."

    Do you know that nearly every major disability rights organization in the country has filed a legal brief in support of Terri's right to live?


    From The Village Voice, no less.

     
    At 3/31/2005 03:57:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    My point is not whether or not Terri Schiavo should be allowed to die or not. As I said earlier, I'm not really sure on the best course of action. The point I was making - and it should have been clear because it was in the title - was that there is more than just a little hypocrisy around this case.

    Finally,I don't take orders from anyone, including the Village Voice.

     

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