Terri has lived in a 'persistent vegetative state' since 1990. There is no medical dispute that Terri has no hope of recovery. The basis of Terri's parents claim is simply, hope's spring is eternal.
We've all been involved in conversions about the prolonging of ones life after suffering severe brain damage. Have you ever heard anyone say that they would want all necessary means used to prolong their life indefinitely in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery?
The behavior of the GOP as revealed by their Talking Points Memo on Terri, is despicable and unconscionable.
Richard Cohen sums it up in today's WaPo,
Terri Schiavo's husband said she would not want to live the way she does now -- and that she even said so. But she was only 26 when tragedy struck, probably too young to have given serious thought to these matters. Besides, what she once wanted is not the point. That person is gone -- or so say the experts and so say the courts that have heard from the experts. What remains is a legal case that no longer is about Schiavo. Instead it's about the politics of abortion -- right to life -- and political opportunism. Terri Schiavo lives so that others, notably Frist, can run for higher office. I know that by watching the tape.