The Florida legislature has passed a bill giving Governor Jeb Bush the power to order feeding tubes inserted in certain cases. This says to me that I need to get off my ass and get our living wills done. Let it be known that if I have a medical mishap in the next few weeks, I don’t want to be kept alive in the state that Terri Schiavo has been living in for the past 13 years. One quote from the article:
“The Constitution is supposed to protect the people of this state,” said Rep. Sandy Murman, a Republican from Tampa. “Who is protecting this girl?”
It is too late for protection in her case. Her body lives, but she is gone and letting her go seems much more merciful to me. If keeping her heart beating one more day is defined as “protection” then these people have the wrong idea of what “life” is. We’ve already had this discussion in our family, and everyone understands that none of us wants our flesh kept alive after the person has left. Even so, we all need the living wills.