Friday, March 18, 2005

Brain Dead

From the Toledo Blade:

Senate Republicans embroiled in the life-or-death legal battle over the severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo invited the Florida woman to testify to Congress in a procedural move intended to keep her on life support.

The Senate Health Committee has requested that Terri and her husband Michael appear at an official committee hearing on March 28. A statement from the office of House Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., today said the purpose of the hearing was to review health care policies and practices relevant to the care of non-ambulatory people.

Frist’s statement noted that it is a federal crime to harm or obstruct a person called to testify before Congress, thus stopping any action that could threaten the health of the woman.

Calling a brain-dead woman to testify before the Senate as a procedural move is both cruel and farcial.

She will, however, be testifying before people in her same condition, so I suppose it makes sense after all.