Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Yippee-Ki-Yay! Blogs for Terri Schiavo and for Life -- an Inalienable Right

McGehee of Yippee-Ki-Yay! has one of the most common sense posts about the Terri Schindler-Schiavo murder that I have read to date (if you're overly sensitive or offended by the "f" word, don't read his post. It will be your loss.) He cuts right through to the heart of the matter:

I see a lot of people saying all of this could have been avoided if only Terri had made out a living will. Trouble is, until the last few weeks, nobody knew you needed a living will if you wanted to, you know, live.

Terri certainly didn’t know that, but she should have known that you’d need one if you wanted to die, because before she suffered her injury that was the way living wills were understood.

Judge Kevorkian Greer’s rulings amount to redefining a living will without legislative input. Where I come from, that’s called judicial activism.

How many other people are in circumstances similar to Terri’s, who assumed before they fell ill or were injured, that they would only need a living will if they wanted to be allowed to die? To put it another way, how many other people are now at risk of being put to death against their wishes, because of the Schiavo precedent?

That is unconscionable. One judge usurps the legislative power, and who knows how many people will die as a result?
You really must read the whole thing, especially his version of his own Living Will. I would cut and paste the entire beautiful piece right here from beginning to end, but that would be plagiarism, that would be blatantly unfair to McGehee, and no matter how envious I am because I didn't think of it first, the post is all McGehee's. I wish I had said all that he did. But as James McNeil Whistler said to Oscar Wilde, "You will, Oscar, you will."

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.