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I don't care if you agree with me.
I've stayed away from the Schiavo debate. I don't want anything to do with it. I have my own feelings about the specific situation, but the thing I feel most strongly about is that this never should have been the big public debacle that it was. I wish the press could have stepped aside and respected that it wasn't something that should be exploited. There are plenty of people who will disagree with me on that point. I'm not saying any government should have restricted their ability to write/talk about the case, I just wish that they could have exercised some basic courtesy and stepped aside.

I'm sorry to learn that Terri Schiavo died today. I'm sad for her and her family. I think the entire situation was a tragedy, start-to-finish.

Mostly, I'm sorry that this isn't over. The autopsy will happen. Every expert that thinks they can get some face time out of it will be on Dateline and CNN and whatever else saying why they're right and everyone else is wrong. Lawsuits will begin. Debates (very public debates) will continue to take place across the country.

The fact is, this is no longer the time for law suits. This is a time for her family to mourn and to heal. But it won't be.

By the way, anyone who wants to tell me I'm an idiot for thinking the press should have taken a chill pill or whatever... go ahead. But for the first time, I will be deleting (or at least screening) any such comments about my idiocy.

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: March 31st, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not an idiot. This is the time for her family to mourn, scientists to learn (in private), and the public to do what they need to do to prevent this happening to them. Lawyers should be spending their time their time helping people draft living wills, not beating (sorry for the phrase) a dead horse.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 31st, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually think it's more important to have a durable power of attorney, but that's another story.
From: lola100 Date: March 31st, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a little ridiculous how much coverage the whole story got. But I think the family just fed the media. Making statements, going on Larry king......
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 31st, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I absolutely think the family was wrong for feeding the media.
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mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: March 31st, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate that this whole thing became so public, but once the courts refused to hear anymore (and I support that even if I don't like the result of that refusal), it was time to let the family have its privacy.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: March 31st, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely think it's disrespectful, all this media around what's essentially one family's story.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 31st, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's horrible that this became a national spectacle. I feel especially bad for any family members who weren't the ones fanning the flames -- the cousins and aunts and uncles and whatever, who have been deprived of the ability to reach closure privately.
From: have_inner_lady Date: March 31st, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've only heard of her through an astonished extended family member over Bunny Day Dinner. I'd bet I haven't heard a tenth of it, and I don't care to. My general opinion is that when something this personal gets exploited so hideously in the press, it's often a distraction tactic and news-time filler to avoid some other important issue.

Which, I suppose, is why I gave up on national news. They're owned.

From: bodnej Date: March 31st, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just so you can practice deleting comments...

I don't agree with you.

We needed MORE press on this story! Where was Geraldo? Why didn't any TV stations pay people to break through barricades? Where were the bribed nurses? And the video they had! It was so boring; the same thing over and over. Couldn't anyone sneak a camera in? And if not, why not some recreations or cartoons to simulate what was going on in the hospice?

Now comes the best part: the made for TV movies. Who gets to play Terri? Glenn Close has experience playing someone in a coma at the center of a legal controversy, but I'm thinking this movie calls for a Lindsey Lohan or maybe the delicate touch that can only be provided by one of the Olsen twins. And for the husband, I have two words: Tom Arnold.

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From: bodnej Date: March 31st, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

In all seriousness...

Yeah, this has been a mess. But here's the big secret: TV networks show what they think people care about. And this has probably been a ratings bonanza for TV news, both broadcast and cable.

The moral is to have, as you said, a medical power-of-attorney and a living will. The Wife and I had them drawn up last year, along with our wills. And by the by, just to make sure that EVERYONE knows, pull the plug on me. Just give me lots of morphine. And if the doctor happens to give me TOO much morphine, that wouldn't exactly be against my wishes, either.

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eyelid From: eyelid Date: March 31st, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: In all seriousness...

mmmmm morphine.

I had that when I was in labor. Yay!
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: March 31st, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
The person I feel the worst for out of all of this is poor Terry Schiavo. Imagine having all your most intimate details blasted across every form of media that can get its hands on it. Imagine the people you love fighting over your death. It's absolutely heartbreaking.
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