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April 01, 2005

Death by default

From WorldNetDaily:

Amid the national crush to fill out living wills in the wake of the Terri Schiavo saga, a California pro-life group is warning citizens against signing that state's standard living will form, claiming it could result in a painful death by starvation and dehydration.

Campaign for Children and Families, a family-values nonprofit organization, is urging people to avoid using California's Advance Health Care Directive form because it makes no distinction between food and water versus heart-and-lung machinery and other artificial life-support systems. Californians who use the state's form with its standard check-off boxes may be denied nutrition and hydration, says the CCF, and could end up dying of thirst and hunger if they fall into a coma or become otherwise incapacitated.

The major hurdle the Schindlers faced were the shrewd manipulations the attorney's Michael Schiavo hired were able to pull. The Schindlers are simple people, but our courts are designed to favor the cunning, the wily, the devious. People too often make the mistake of assuming those put in authority have our best interest at heart, or that, surely they wouldn't be that cruel and devious. We need to wake up and realize that there are indeed cruel and calculating people out there that are more than willing to con you or your loved ones into some legal entanglement with which they can then force their will on you.

The idea of having to sign a “living will” in the first place is outrageous. That the hearsay evidence of an offhanded comment made ten years earlier would be accepted as the equivalent of a legal document is absurd beyond belief.

I'll join many others to publicly state my wishes in no uncertain terms: Let God take me. There are no doctors or machine that can keep me here when He wants me to go, so hook me up to anything and everything available and fight like the dickens to keep me alive. I have never said anything different, and I never will.

coverage: What Attitude Problem

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 1, 2005 10:13 AM

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