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You're straying from the point. What I am saying is if you are suffering and are going to die anyway, you should be able to check out. I know if I had terminal cancer or some other dread disease I'd blow my head off.

Hell, I think this country of ours NEEDS some new margins, one of them relating to how certain types of criminals are dealt with. I think all the sexual predators they have in prison or are aware of should all be rounded up and shot.

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I just think there's a difference between suicide and euthanasia. IMO a living will is a form of suicide, and if Terri Schiavo had one I wouldn't be concerned. What worries me is the idea of someone else (whether it's family or state) making the decision that you should die. Mind you, I consider criminals on death row to be a completely different category from accident victims. I think there's dangers in a legal precedent that says in the absence of a living will your guardian can establish intent based on claims of oral statements.

This should give someone pause when saying things like "I don't think I'd want to live without my legs." Could that conceivably be held against you by those who heard you make that statement? If Terri and Michael had seen a news story of someone severely brain damaged, and Terri said "I don't think I'd want to live that way" -- would that be rhetoric or legally binding? I've said things like that myself in the emotion of the moment -- but that doesn't mean I want my family to pull the plug at first opportunity.

Put another way, suppose Terri was dead, didn't leave a will, and Michael inherited her estate. If her sister came forward and said "Terri told me I could have her car if anything ever happened to her" would she be entitled to it?

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That is a good point. She really should have left a will saying she wanted this.

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Well, Michael got his wish -- he sent Terri to be with the Lord. I hope for his sake he was right, because they'll be there waiting for him when his time comes.

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expatriate wrote:
Well, Michael got his wish -- he sent Terri to be with the Lord. I hope for his sake he was right, because they'll be there waiting for him when his time comes.

Amen.

May she Rest In Peace.

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JTapia wrote:
May she Rest In Peace.

I second that. She sure didn't live in Peace.

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Well, I have to say that I think this ended the way it needed to end. The judges all, surprisingly enough, decided not to try to legislate from the bench. Instead, they all upheld the laws of Florida as they are very clearly written. I think that's a good thing.

Now, should the laws of Florida be changed? Maybe so, but that's a different question.

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