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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Terri Schiavo, 8 days later

Well, the courts have repeatedly made clear the fact that they have no intention of doing anything other than abdicating their ethical obligations to provide relief to the Schindlers in this matter. Given that fact, it would be best for them to start preparing for her funeral, and the fight to not have her body cremated. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the Schindler family on their loss, and would like to commend them for how pleasant they've been to Michael Schiavo, a man who clearly doesn't deserve it. I can guarantee that, if that were my sister, daughter, or mother, I would have been considerably less pleasant than they, and the demeanor with which they've conducted themselves speaks well for them. To quote a Leonard Cohen song, "Everybody knows that the war is over. Everybody knows that the bad guys won." Since that is more than amply clear, for them to attempt any further legal action would only exacerbate their already extreme heartbreak while accomplishing nothing.

But regardless of where you stand on this issue, one thing has been made amply clear: Advanced directives are a good and necessary thing, and not only should everyone have one on file, they should discuss that decision with their families. This type of discussion has been commonplace among those who want to donate their organs for years, and would prevent this type of nightmare from recurring.

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