Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Might as Well Keep the Hate Mail Flowing...

"Not all conservatives are happy with the decision by Congress and President Bush to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case.... "To simply say that the 'culture of life,' or whatever you call it means that we don't have to pay attention to the principles of federalism or separation of powers is certainly not a conservative viewpoint," said former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga."
I am not alone!

Bulimia caused initial collapse

Q&A's

CT scan of Ms. Schiavo's brain, showing extensive cortical regions filled with spinal fluid.

"Scans have shown extensive damage to Schiavo's cerebral cortex, a part of the brain essential to higher-level functions such as cognition and consciousness. An electroencephalogram, which examined patterns of her brain's electrical activity, documented virtually no normal response.

Because Schiavo's brain stem has remained largely intact, however, certain automatic body functions - sleeping and waking, breathing, metabolizing nutrients, and others - go on.

Blinking, startling in response to a stimulus, changing facial expressions and making occasional sounds are also among the body functions controlled by the brain stem.

"The part of the brain responsible for these responses - smiling, crying, chewing, moaning - is still working. But the part of the brain responsible for thinking is not," said Dr. Ghada Ahmed of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. " (source)

Another misconception is that medical reports are from Michael Schiavo's doctors, but these are court appointed doctors. None of the physicians speaking for Terri's parents have examined Terri. Once again Court appointed doctors.

"[Public cries for Michael Schiavo to hand over guardianship of Terri are not possible. Michael Schiavo could not legally 'sign over rights to Terri's Parents' (as many have suggested) because multiple judges have already determined that Terri's wish was to die. That suggestion is therefore a moot point.]" Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, 3/23/05, FNC

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