Friday, March 18, 2005


Those who Live at the Mercy of Others

The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues. Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected - and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.

-George W. Bush

Not much more could be added to this.

I just wish that something could be done. It seems that nearly every possibility has been exhausted yet they can't beat these activist judges. All we can do is pray now.
A document conataining the language, “Nothing in the Act or this part authorizes the representative or guardian of an individual with a disability to decline food, water, medical treatment, or medical services for that individual.” is available on the DOJ website at

This is from an implementation guide written in 1992 by the DOJ for the American's with Disabilities Act.

John Martin
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