STaying current for Terri

To keep up to date with Terri’s situation (they have stopped feeding her), see:

Terri’s Fight

Blogs for Terri

These blogs also have action items- things you can do to help, in addition to fasting, prayer, and getting the word out.

I thought I had mentioned this before, but a quick hunt didn’t turn it up. Kate Adamson was also diagnosed as being braindead and had her feeding tube removed for eight days. She was aware but unable to communicate. Now she communicates with passion.

See:
Recovered “Vegetative” State Patient Speaks

She Recovered from a Persistant Vegetative State (a transcript from an appearance on the OReilly show)

A Painless Death?

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SueBob’s Website

Suebob posted to the comments of the very long Terri Schiavo post below (the Proverb for the Day entry). Here’s what she says:

Thank you for the link to my blog. If anyone has a question as to my representation of health providers like nursing homes and hospice providers, I invite you to my firm website:

http://www.garloward.com/

I agree that people can easily misrepresent themselves on the internet–so I thought that I would clear up any doubt.

I’m glad she shared that- I had just come back from her website and was going to post her blog again. There’s a good deal worth reading there, especially today.

Please check it out:

SueBob’s Diary

She is good.

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Speaking Out

Have any of you watched Apollo 13? The language is a bit extreme for conservative homeschooling families, but it’s an incredible story. There was a damaged fuse in one of the oxygen tanks, and when they stirred the tank it lit like a match, blowing up the oxygen tank and blowing off a portion of the ship, severely crippling it (that explanation from Pipsqueak). This left the astronauts seemingly stranded in space. Nevertheless, NASA safely brought back the three men, using an ingenuity that is only borne out of desperation.

One thing that really strikes me about this story is the fact that millions of souls were worried and concerned about only three people, and that NASA was willing to expend so much of its resources to bring back these three. Their success is something we should all be proud of, and we should all recognize what a great thing it is that our nation can still be strongly protective of the individual. The sanctity of an individual life is one of the great cornerstones of this country.

Last week a friend & I visited the Spertus Museum in Chicago. They had a display on the Holocaust and included in the display was a quote I had seen before, but can always see again, by Pastor Martin Niemoller:
” First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.”

Yes, we are getting somewhere with all this. Terri Schiavo. I doubt that I’ll change anyone’s mind on this case, but I must speak out.

The Zookeeper posted a detailed account of the facts that you won’t hear about Terri in most of the news. In case you missed it, here are some fascinating highlights:
* Terri has never had an MRI. Never. Yet her husband wishes to let her starve to death without this basic medical test for patients in her condition.
* Her husband isn’t even paying for her medical care. She’s on Medicaid.
* Even if he *were* paying for her care, this wouldn’t matter because her parents are more than willing to take over this responsibility. If they did this, though, he would lose out on Terri’s insurance money.

Today’s news is that the Senate Health Committee has asked Terri Schiavo to appear at an official hearing over health care issues. Doesn’t that seem like a desperate measure to keep one woman alive? No more desperate than NASA using valuable resources to bring back three men from space. And if once you start arguing that the astronauts needed to be brought back because they were assets to the country’s space program whereas Terri can make no such contributions, then you are ignoring the simple worth of an individual life. We are not all rocket scientists and not speaking out for Terri now may mean, decades later, others not speaking out for us.

Call me crazy, but I happen to know that the early years of the Nazi regime were spent quietly killing the physically and mentally disabled, those who could not speak out for themselves. It was only later that the mass exterminations of people just like you and me began. This was how it happened, and I don’t want to see it happen ever again.

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Two Important Updates on Terri Schiavo

According to Drudge Report:

**Exclusive Fri Mar 18 2005 00:50:07 ET** The Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) has requested Terri Schiavo to testify before his congressional committee, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. In so doing it triggers legal or statutory protections for the witness, among those protections is that nothing can be done to cause harm or death to this individual.

Members of Congress went to the U.S. Attorney in DC to ask for a temporary restraining order to be issued by a judge, which protects Terri Schiavo from having her life support, including her feeding and hydration tubes, removed… Developing…

Sometimes Drudge exclusives just go away when they turn out not to be true. I hope this isn’t one of them.

According to a White House Press Release:

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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Do not Enter: The Equuschick is Thinking

One’s character is one’s destiny. So says Dorothy Sayers in “Busman’s Honeymoon”, and so says that thought-provoking film “The Emperor’s Club.” Having had it twice reinorced through such excellent sources, I’ve decided it is true.

Now, I ask myself, what is one’s character? Can I, do I, make it? Or is it as set and certain as the colour of my hair? If it is set in place for me since time out of mind, then so is my destiny. Therefore my Fate, so to speak, is Sealed. There is nothing I can do about it. But I do not believe God seals one fate without one’s consent.

Where were we? Right. Scripture does not lead me to believe that God seals my fate, or destiny if you will, without my consent. Therefore, by some method or other, I must wield some power over my own destiny. And if my destiny is controlled by my character, than my character is in my own hands. I make it. I mold it. Whatever I become of myself, I make myself.

This is the conclusion I knew I was going to come to, but I’m depressed about it all the same. All of my life I’ve been looking for someone to hand my life to on a silver platter and say, “Here, find a solution to this mess.” And now it turns out this person is me.

Bummer.

God is the solution, but I’m the only one who can find Him for myself.

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