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Open Mike

Schiavo should be allowed to die

Imagine the anguish that the parents of Terri Schiavo are feeling as they watch their child wilt away in a Florida hospice.

For those who don't know, Schiavo had a feeding tube removed earlier this month, as requested by her husband, that has been keeping the brain damaged woman alive for some 15 years.

I don't profess to know everything about the case, but like all people I have my own two cents.

Schiavo's case has been a landmark battle.

It is a hard issue to tackle. Why don't the parents of an individual, people who have given life to a person, have something to say about what happens in a situation like this? Why should the husband, in this case, Michael Schiavo, have any rights in what happens to his wife, when he is ready to begin a new life with someone else?

I don't know the answers to any of those questions. But I do know this, that poor woman lying in a hospital bed in Florida shouldn't be made to live in the condition she is in. Granted, you hear about those miracles that occur every once in a while, people emerging from a coma after 20 years, etc. But, honestly, look at the situation. Those miracles happen few and far between. Ask yourself, would you want your child or spouse to suffer?

Miracles do happen, but isn't the true miracle the ability to let go and trust in that which can't be seen to make the right decision.

People shouldn't have to live as a vegetable. I know that is a harsh thing to say, but think, would you want to be left on a bed, waiting to die? I know for a fact I would not.

I have nothing but sympathy for the parents of this poor lady. It would be so difficult to sit there and watch your child suffer day in and day out when you know the odds of recovery are pretty slim. But it would also be difficult to make that tough decision to end a person's life.

People question the motives of Michael Schiavo. Does he want money? Is he just trying to get on with his life? Probably a little bit of both if you want to be honest. But I do believe that this man loves his wife and wants what is best for her. In all honesty, he could just simply walk away and never look back at her.

This case has drawn activists to fight for the cause of Schiavo. Even Congress and the president of the United States became involved in the cause, which they shouldn't have. But what are they fighting for?

If Schiavo is alert and responsive, then this woman is suffering. There is no other way around it.

I have read some newspaper articles about the people who are down in Florida supposedly fighting for the cause of Schiavo, but in all reality what are these people fighting for? A lot of them are just jumping on the bandwagon.

I believe anything is possible. Life is miraculous with endless possibilities. But there is also a point when you have to let go, and after 15 years I think this case has reached that point.

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