Monday, October 20, 2003

30 Years Later, "Right to Privacy" Is Used Once Again to Kill the Innocent

In her insightful article The Troubling Business of Fading Away, writer Cecilia H. Martin of the Catholic Advocate newsletter notes some striking similarities between the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which ushered in abortion-on-demand, and the Florida 2003 Schindler v.Schiavo decision:

...For Catholic pro-lifers, (in actuality no other type of Catholic is Catholic) Terri’s case is arguably the Roe vs Wade of the euthanasia movement. While Schindler vs Schiavo did not move to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it matriculates through the Florida courts it in being tried in the media, on the Internet and in the highly charged swirl of public opinion.

The fabricated notion that a "right to privacy" was found in the Constitution upon which abortion on demand was predicated, bears a striking resemblance to the hinge upon which Felos has hung his case, that Terri once told her husband she didn’t want to live sustained by artificial means.

Hearsay evidence of a 26-year-old woman, belatedly expressed, (only after a substantial malpractice monetary award) by a surrogate/guardian husband who denies his wife any rehabilitative measures, is now used as "privacy rights" to kill her. The talons of the death-culture that rake the baby from the womb now sever the disabled from their tenuous grasp on life in the name of privacy.

...St. Petersburg‘s citizenry were shocked to read in local papers that the alternative metal band, Hell on Earth, is planning an on-stage suicide of a terminally ill fan to take place on October 4th. The purpose is to "raise awareness for dying with dignity." The fan wishes to put an end to "back alley suicides."

Apparently, this is not a hoax; Fox news anchor Rita Cosby carried the story twice on national television. In Florida, it is a second-degree felony to assist a suicide. Lead singer, Billy Tourtelot, who is a strong supporter of physician-assisted suicide, claims he’s not "assisting." "This is about standing up for what you believe in...What I’m doing may be immoral, but it’s not illegal," says Billy. St. Petersburg’s State Theater as well as another club have denied the band a venue. Tourtelot, nevertheless insists the show will go on. The St. Petersburg police are on the alert.

Physician-assisted suicide is euthanasia. Euthanasia is illegal. Tell that to ["right-to-die" activist lawyer George] Felos who asserted on national TV, "We’re just carrying out Terri wishes," -by starving her to death.

How many elderly people with impatient relatives will become instantly vulnerable once Tourtelot and Felos’ macabre ideology becomes sacrosanct law?

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