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Terri Schiavo Case

I am just curious of other opinions since its a hot item and I had a hard enough time putting my dogs down. This is a good example of what can happen if you don't have a living will put together. I am very perplexed on my own feelings and thoughts because I am both a mother and spouse.

What do you think are the major issues in the Terri Schiavo case regarding the rights of citizens to life, medical care, the right to live or die, and the family members' ability to make decisions on her behalf. How do you think the case has been resolved to date? Based on your understanding on the evidence, how just and /or ethical were the decisions?

I wonder if Jeb Bush will get legal guardianship!

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1. I am just curious of other opinions since its a hot item and I had a hard enough time putting my dogs down. This is a good example of what can happen if you don't have a living will put together. I am very perplexed on my own feelings and thoughts because I am both a mother and spouse.

I am shocked that even President Bush cannot exercise power over a judge's rulings. In my opinion, the very laws that are meant to protect us, and Terri, have turned against her in her time of need. Although I am a Canadian, I have been watching Terri's case very closely and have been praying that someone would intervene to save her life. It seems that Jed Bush is Terri's and her family's last hope that this will happen. My understanding is that Mr. Bush has appealed to the Family Services on the grounds of years of reported abuse and neglect by her husband. The hope being that Terri would be made a ward of the court, have her feeding tube put back in and have her parents appointed as guardians instead of her husband.

2. What do you think are the major issues in the Terri Schiavo case regarding the rights of citizens to life, medical care, the right to live or die, and the family members' ability to make decisions on her behalf? How do you think the case has been resolved to date? How just and /or ethical were the decisions? I wonder if Jeb Bush will get legal guardianship!

The right to live or die

Terri Schiavo's case has several major issues. First and foremost is the question of whether this is right to live or die case, or the right to suicide or an assisted suicide case. The right to live or die case is specifically speaking to the right to decide whether or not to prolong life through artificial means of a life support when a person is chronically ill or brain dead. Whereas the right to live or die can be covered by a living will and can be legally binding-subject to the judges interpretation of course, the right to commit suicide or assisted suicide (by any means, such as by stopping eating or drinking; lethal injection; etc.) is illegal both in Canada and the United States. Both hospital staff and the courts agree that the ladder is considered both unethical (and for others immoral) and illegal.

Suicide or Assisted Suicide/Murder versus the right to live or die case

Terri Schiavo's case does not meet the criteria for a right to live or die case. She is not on any artificial life support; nor is she chronically ill or dying. Terri is a person will a fairly severe disability, but alive. She is kept alive the same way you and I are, by eating and drinking, the only difference being, is the means. Whereas we eat by ourselves; she eats through a tube because her disability ...

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This solution discusses the Terri Schiavo case regarding the rights of citizens to life, medical care, the right to live or die, and the family members' ability to make decisions on her behalf. It also explores the resolutions, discrimination, the power of judges and the medical profession in the right to live or die cases, and whether or not Jeb Bush would get legal guardianship of Terry.

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