Posts Tagged ‘no man is an island’

Trying to Think Humanely About Terri Schiavo — And The Rest of Us

There is a time for everything under heaven, and that includes a time to die. And sometimes those closest to the situation, the dying and their families, will not acknowledge it. It is perfectly appropriate to give the rest of us a say: those who will have to bear part of the cost through increased insurance premiums, through higher prices for medical services, through heightened scarcity of those services. And if Terri’s wishes, as found by the courts, were not to be the lodestar, then not only her family but the rest of us as well should have had a say in whether Terri’s body should continue to graze on the limited commons of available medical intervention.