I have not written about Terri Schiavo in this blog. I think that's because I have read many blogs and commentaries where the writers are so eloquent and so much more knowledgeable than I am.
Three or four years ago, I read Chuck Colson's excellent How Now Shall We Live? Mr. Colson stated that when a nation puts so little value on the life of the unborn as we have for 30 years then it's a small step to the place where we devalue the life of those who aren't perfect. It seems we are there. I shudder as I recall that Nazi Germany killed those who were deaf or mute or had Down's Syndrome or were "imperfect" in other ways. The helpless were dispensed with. It has happened countless times and in countless places throughout the ages, but I never thought I would see it here. Not in America. Not in the land that said, "Send us your poor..." Not in the richest nation in the world.
My mother is 91. She has a living will and put me in charge of all the decisions about it. As I completed that will for her, I took a look at what it means to have hydration withheld. Even more than starvation, dehydration is a cruel and painful way to die. I told my mother that even if she were unconscious, I couldn't do that to her. I couldn't bear it. I love her. I can imagine the heartbreak for Terri's parents as they fight for her life, for the daughter they love.
This morning, I read something on MSNBC by Joe Scarborough that is worth sharing with you. I hope you'll take a moment to read it.
And may God keep us from slipping further down this slope of disregard for human life. We have come too far already. May we repent. May we turn and head in the opposite direction. Amen.