Thursday, March 17, 2005

President's Statement on Terri Schiavo

Here's President Bush's official statement concerning the Terri Schiavo case: . . .

The White House
President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 17, 2005

President's Statement on Terri Schiavo

The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues. Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected - and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.

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Remember to pray for Terri and her parents as tomorrow's 1 p.m. deadline nears.


At Friday, March 18, 2005 9:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got to admit....I'm still not sold on this thing--either way. Yes, I value life and no, I don't think this qualifies as a disability. She can't live if not for modern, artificial advancements. It's not like she's just simply confined to a wheelchair.

For me, the greater question is, is it Christian to have a living will? Is it okay to tell your spouse that if you ever get into this situation that you want God to decide your fate and not a machine designed by man?

I honestly don't know the whole deal here about this situation so don't go crazy on me. I don't know if she lives in pain or if she shows any signs of wanting to live. My understanding is that she's completely vegetative without worldly hope.

Yes, God can do anything, but he doesn't always. She could very well be sentenced to bedsores for the next 25 years when all along she had specifically requested not to be in that position.

God may be allowing her to live in a state of euphoria. She may be living in a state of pure hell. Don't know. Perhaps you can enlighten me on what this is like or where I am wrong. Very open on this either way--just not sold.


At Saturday, March 19, 2005 11:11:00 PM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...


I hope my post from earlier tonight will help you in this particular case.

As for the bigger issue, I, too, have wondered whether it's Christian to have a living will and would invite those more theologically astute to weigh in here. If you would like to explore the sanctity of life issue in more depth, I encourage you read some of the books written by quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada, including her most recent, The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking With Jesus.

To me, starving someone to death, which is what's being proposed for Terri Schiavo, seems like a cruel, painful way to end one's life. Plus, I'm a firm believer that God would always have us choose life in all circumstances.

I hope this helps.

At Sunday, March 20, 2005 2:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, agree with you and the president that our society needs to error on the side of life. My biggest fear in the Shiavo case is that it will be used in future cases to make it more permissable to side with death. It would be a very slippery slope.

If she were simply on life-support I would easily side with her husband in this case. The fact that it is a feeding tube truly confuses the issue. Yes, I realize that many people have rebounded from what seemed to be inevitable death-- but I doubt anyone has come back from a cerebral cortex that is completely cooked (sorry, can't think of a better word).

I pray that none of us would ever have to be in this situation with a loved one. I don't know if there is a right or wrong in this because I see clearly both sides. I just pray for Terri. If God wants to show us something in all this I just hope he uses Terri in these last few days to make His point.



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