DISCLAIMER–THIS IS NOT A THREAD TO DREDGE UP THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE, AS I KNOW THAT IS A CLOSED TOPIC. THIS IS A THREAD MERELY REFERENCING THAT CASE.
I hope this thread doesn’t cause arguments, but I think that it’s important to discuss this, because my husband and I have a difference of opinion on it.
When the Terri Schiavo case came up a few years ago, I remember thinking after she passed away–that I would like my kids to place their dad and me as their powers of attorney, in a living will–should something cause them to be in a similiar state, as Terri Schiavo. We are very pro life, and as we could see from that case–her ‘husband’ started shacking up with another woman, had kids with another woman, and kept going to court over and over and over to have poor Terri starved to death. Eventually, he ‘won.’
I expressed this to my kids, and because they are young, are not concerned with this…but some day, suppose their spouses turn on them like Terri’s husband did, and they are left at the mercy of some obscure judge? I just know that as their parents, we will always look out for their best interests. I know this sounds like…I am planting a seed to distrust one’s spouse, and I don’t mean to-but I just don’t want to see something bad happen to our kids, if faced with a similiar situation. My husband told me that we need to let our kids choose that choice when they cross that bridge (meaning, when they gear up to make up a living will some day) I don’t disagree…but as a mom, I’m torn with wanting to make their medical decisions, should they be in a state where they can’t make their own.
What do you think? …I just am seeking to understand, and somehow unite myself to my dh’s way of thinking on this.:o Thank you–