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March 20, 2005

Democrats Block Save-Terri Bill

She'll have to wait until Monday morning before any possibility of food.

Sure wish they hadn't recessed early on Friday.

I don't know exactly what motivates liberals in this case. The facts seem, at very best, to be pretty sketchy as to whether euthanizing Terri is appropriate.

I really suspect that there is an awful lot of "if they want it, we're against it" going on here: thumb-in-the-eye politics. Plus a feeling that "we can't just keep letting them win." And, more understandable, the likelihood that many liberals simply have not read much about this case and assume, wrongly I submit, that this is the standard right-to-die case with Terri's fondest wishes for a quick death being thwarted by right-to-life crazies.

Right-to-life Christians are a big part of this, of course, and the media shouldn't hide that; but I do wish they would be a little less lazy in their reportage and point out that one could be agnostic, or mildly in favor of the right-to-die in certain situations, or an "ardent liberal," and still object to euthanasia in this particular case, given these specific facts.

If only a bunch of liberal bloggers could make the case to their fellow liberals that they ought not be in a rush to pull the food from Terri's mouth, there might be a change in pulbic opinion that would (of course) change politicians' opinions, especially the nine Republican Florida state Senators who voted against an effort to save Terri.

Joining Lesbiencestmoi is Airman of Airman's Blog, who's not just a liberal, but a military liberal (it seems).

Kudos to both for looking past the tempting template of left-vs.-right in this case. And good luck in recruiting more to your point of view.

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