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Good article again from Frank Rich at the NY Times; also a lovely, if somewhat vicious, op-ed piece from the ever-irascible Maureen Dowd. And Molly Ivins pointed this out: In 1999, while he was governor of Texas, Bush signed the Advanced Directives Act, which gives hospitals the right to remove life support in cases where there is no possibility of revival, when the family cannot pay, no matter what the family's wishes are.

In Texas, you can live in a persistent vegetative state only if you are accepted in one of the few institutions that provide such care or if your family is both willing and able to take care of you.
(Entire article here)

Oh, heck, I just remembered I should be writing a review instead of playing around on LJ. My brain doesn't seem to be working this afternoon, but I really ought to do it tonight so I don't have to write it in a great hurry tomorrow afternoon. I should have done it last weekend.

I just ate half a pint of Dove ice cream, and I enjoyed it. So there, minor guilt feelings.


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Mar. 25th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
I'm appalled that none of the Democrats have pointed out the hypocrisy of Bush's position. There was an article in the NYT talking about why their silence made political sense and blah blah blah, but I don't care. It smacks of cowardice to me, and with the Texas statute, Bush is just ripe to be called to task.
Mar. 25th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
I SO agree with that! I'm furious at the Democrats, pandering to the right when it's obvious in this case, most of the country is actually leaning to the left a little. It's extremely frustrating. Someone in the Democrats needs to latch onto a good-sounding "catch phrase" that doesn't make us sound like we're wanting to murder a poor, innocent woman by "starving her to death"! Arizona representative Trent Franks (a criminally dishonest fellow I still can't believe was re-elected) was infuriating on NPR today, talking about this terrible "culture of death." ARGH.
Mar. 26th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Honestly, my mind boggles that this case has become front-page news. On Thursday the "NY Daily News" had the obligatory Schiavo coverage, along with an article about a woman who was taken off life support two days after being declared brain dead following botched plastic surgery, and no one was flipping out about her.
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