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April 06, 2005

The fight continues...

From BPNews:

The passing of Terri Schiavo likely won't be the last of the debate over end-of-life issues. In fact, it may only be the beginning.

Schiavo's case, her supporters say, highlighted problems in both federal and state laws that allowed the 41-year-old brain-damaged woman to die of starvation in spite of an extraordinary effort by Congress to keep her alive.

"Given the nature of this tragedy, I think we have a duty as a society to bring good out of this terrible evil that has occurred," attorney Ken Connor, who lobbied Congress to pass the bill that President Bush signed into law, told Baptist Press.

"The handicapped have complained for years that they are not treated as whole people and that they don't receive the benefit of the law. The Schiavo case is exhibit A to that. We have starved a woman to death because she didn't measure up to somebody's subjective standard of perfection."

Of significance is the reaction of CBS to the revelation of their plans to quickly do a movie about Terri -- denial that they had ever planned such a movie. Right guys, whatever you think will make you look better.

But also of note is the skirmish revolving around the various beauty pageants for the handicapped. When officials for the “Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin” decided to strip the newly chosen winner, Janeal Lee, of her crown naming factors that they had been aware of the whole time, her sister, the current Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota, Jen Stone, who is also Janeal's sister, renounced her crown in protest. But wait...when they offer the Wisconsin crown to the first runner-up, Michelle Kearney, she refused it. Pageant coordinator Jen Onsum is expected resign over the fiasco. Quite a number of other pageant participants are voicing their outrage.

Why does this matter? It shows a growing trend among the handicapped to be more assertive and forceful over their rights. The American's with Disabilities Act was the bone tossed to the disabled that kept them satisfied for the most part, but the murder of Terri Schiavo has shown them that the ADA means nothing if someone can be condemned to death, a torturous death, for the crime of being disabled.

Terri Schiavo roundup: Blogs for Terri (also here), Common Sense Run Wild, HyScience, Cait's Oz Blog, Baylyblog, ProLifeBlogs, Legacy Matters

Ms. Wheelchair coverage: Ace of Spades

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 6, 2005 11:40 AM

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