Friday, June 17, 2005


Now the autopsy reveals that Terri Schiavo was blind, unable to swallow, and not rehabilatative. Thankfully I wasn't blogging when this issue broke, but I did read far too many blogs and comment boxes on the subject. Amy Welborn was the only blogger I recall saying that keeping Terri alive did not depend on her ability to be "cured." The parents claimed all they wanted was more tests, more evaluations, but what they really wanted was what they could not get--their daughter back. Pretty much everyone on the save-Terri side spouted stupidity about what they just KNEW--tests not run, lies told by doctors, conspiracies by judges and the husband.

So it's clear that the nurses who went on the talk show claiming that they had seen Terri out at the nurses' station yukking it up were, umm, lying liars. Why would they do it? Well, the charitable explanation is that they have a juvenile moral sense. Just as the five year old claims he didn't break the cookie jar, the nurses reported the truth that they WANTED as reality.

I won't hold my breath waiting for many apologies. For one thing, Americans don't apologize. "It's in the past, why rehash things." For another, it's been over for three months--Americans don't have that long of an attention span. Why, it's on to the next attractive missing white woman. (Although there's another sad medical case developing--Susan Torres, brain dead but pregnant, being kept alive long enough to give her unborn baby more time to develop. Thankfully, her husband and parents are on the same side.)