I did not mean to take such a long break from posting, but sometimes life intervenes. Work has been very busy and I just have not had time to formulate any cohesive thoughts about the world around me -- at least not anything I wanted to put on the Internet!
But today's event surrounding Terri Shiavo have pulled me back to the computer. I honestly do not understand why the Court is taking the stance that it is. In most cases, I agree that that the family members need to be the ones making the decisions about end of life issues. However, in this case it does not appear that the Terri's husband is the right person to make these decisions. He has too much to gain by letting her die. He will gain what is left of the money left from the medical malpractice suits. He could easily divorce Terri and let her parents/siblings care for her and move on with his life. He claims that she told him she did not want to live in these conditions, but there is only his word that she said this.
The most suspicious thing to me is the timing of his actions. Terri was undergoing rehabilitation and getting good treatment throughout the course of the malpractice suits. It was only after the money was in the husband's hands that he mentioned Terri would have wanted to die. It was only then that rehabilitation stopped. It was only then that he cut her parents off from getting medical updates from the staff. It would do no harm to have an independent doctor evaluate Terri to see what her actual condition is -- if she is truly in a persistant vegetative state or not. But that might reveal something that the husband does not want the world to know.
So instead a woman is going to die a painful, slow death.