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18 March 2005 @ 11:05 am
Spring Break and Current Events...  
I finished my last exam at 9:31 am. I'm officially on Spring Break.

SWEET MERCY IS IT GOOD TO BE FREE!!!!!

As a treat, I bought myself a copy of Stephen King's final book in the Dark Tower series. Yes, I'm going to literary hell, but Leigh will be there too, so it can't be that bad. 'Cause, you know, Leigh is just that spiffy. ^__^

First order of business is a nap. However, I would like to draw your attention to a current issue in the news...

You ladies know that I am very much a supporter of individual rights. I'm not into letting anyone-- be it the church, the state, whoever-- tell me what I can and can not do with my life. I don't know if any of you have heard of the Terri Shiavo case but, in this instance, I find myself actually siding with the conservatives. This woman has been in a out of a fugue state for years-- she responds to voices, she is fed through a simple feeding tube. When more aware, she can cry, swallow, move her head and eyes. And her husband-- her guardian-- wants to kill her. I use the word 'kill' because it's not a matter of pulling a plug. If they take out the feeding tube, she will starve to death. He claims it's mercy. There is no living will or 'do not revive order'-- he originally claimed he would take care of her forever, no matter what. Now, he's forbidden her family from seeing her, he won't even let the nurses play the radio for her or brush her teeth. No therapy, no treatments for infections. Normally, I'd say the state has no right over an individual's body-- and they don't. But this woman isn't making the decision-- her husband is. That's not mercy-- it's just murder. You can go here for more info, and make a decision for yourself. I stand firm on the fact that, if this woman can't make the decision for herself, then no one else should.

*hugs*
Meredith
 
 
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my lies & my facade: Refusing to Be the Damsel in Distressdark_branwen on March 18th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that I'm siding with the conservatives as well. But when I heard all about her husband, there was no question in my mind.

He's just sketchy all around. He's cheated on her and has had several children by this woman. He has refused to allow the doctors to give her treatments and tests that could tell them conclusively whether or not she is responsive and how much. Her parents are willing to take care of Terri so that he wouldn't have to deal with it anymore.

He's just a selfish, single minded asshole. I am SO glad Congress is intervening.
my lies & my facade: Red Rosedark_branwen on March 18th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Stupid Congress. The tube has been removed, but it has been reinserted before because of court orders. Let's hope they get their act together.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lily2garnettrees on March 18th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that I'm siding with the conservatives as well. But when I heard all about her husband, there was no question in my mind.
Exactly. This isn't a matter of personal choice, or what's best for his wife. It's all about what's good for him.

The tube has been removed, but it has been reinserted before because of court orders. Let's hope they get their act together.
Damn it. I heard they were going to have her served with an 'order' to appear in court, that way they couldn't kiss her. *crosses fingers* I feel so sorry for her family...
elysia: the evil kite flyer: frog by spiffydazeely_chan on March 19th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Isn't it sad that people can go to jail for starving/mistreating their animals, but when it comes to a living, breathing human being, well then, hey, let the husband decide?
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: frozengarnettrees on March 19th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Really. [sarcasm]And he's only thinking of her, of course. [/sarcasm]

*is somewhat entranced by Ely's frog-poking icon* Ohhhh...
-Meredith
gamesiplaygamesiplay on March 19th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
Congrats! And aww on the literary hell thing. :) I'm in good company.

I've been following the case as well, and I think I'd tend to agree with you, although of course it does concern me that we don't know what she does want. If she's at all aware of what's happening to her, and yet can't do anything about it, then that's a pretty terrible situation--and it's one I don't know how we can solve.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: intentiongarnettrees on March 19th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats! And aww on the literary hell thing. :) I'm in good company.
*glomps Leigh*

although of course it does concern me that we don't know what she does want.
That's exactly it. If she can't make the decision, then no one else should. I don't know how we could solve it, either. I can't imagine how frustrating and confusing it would be to be her. *shivers*
-Meredith
hawkeyesmartini on March 27th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hi! I don't know if you know me, but I stalked read your M*A*S*H fics on ff.n quite a bit. One of your Hawkeye/BJ fics was the first M*A*S*H slash I'd ever read, and although the show had already had the hook and line out, "The End of the Innocence" was the sinker. I think you're brilliant and funny. Do you mind if I add you? (That's the whole point to this gushing ramble, really.) ^_^

<:3D~
Meredith Bronwen Mallorygarnettrees on April 1st, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
*blushes* I'd be honored-- I'll add you, too. Thank you so much for all your sweet comments. I haven't written much MASH lately, but I'm so glad you've enjoyed what I've got. ^__^
-Meredith