Thursday, March 31, 2005

W on Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo's body finally died this morning; her mind having died many years ago. The President, demonstrating his usual stunning ignorance of scientific evidence, had this to say
"The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life."
I find this remarkable for two reasons. First, it is just plainly untrue that there were serious doubts and questions, where by "serious" I mean ones that were not clearly addressed by the respected medical experts who explained patiently that her cerebral cortex had been almost entirely replaced by spinal fluid. Second, where was this opinion when there were serious doubts and questions raised about the evidence used to send us to war in Iraq? How many lives (and their accompanying minds) could have been saved? I guess it only comes out when it serves to stimulate the religious right.
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