[quote=Sacramentalist]After examining the issue, I’m not so sure we can say or certain that the removal of Terri’s feeding tube was murder.
Whether a feeding-tube qualifies as an “ordinary” or “proportionate” level of care is today a matter of intense debate among theologians, and the Church has not made a definitive ruling on this subject. Dr. Peter Kreeft, for instance, on the subject of euthanasia in his book Catholic Christianity, gives tube-feeding as an example of an extraordinary means of treatment that is not morally obligatory.
Even if we were to argue that, as Catholics, we must follow the Church’s prudential (though non-definitive) judgement on this matter, it seems to me that we cannot hold Michael Schiavo, a non-Catholic, to this standard.
I don’t believe this issue to be clear-cut as many on the pro-life movement say it was.
I believe Michael was dead wrong. The Holy Father before his death felt it was wrong. Terry was not dying…she was killed by starvation/dehydration. While it is a difficult call…Terry’s was pretty clear cut. Other cases are not so simple, or perhaps so loaded with malice from a spouse who has deserted to take up life with another. Yet said spouse wants to retain the right to make decisions, and dispatch the disabled spouse to Eternity, and take possession of the money that he promised to use to care for her during the rest of her Natural life. Money awarded because it was deemed she had a natural right to life, however distressing it might appear.
Now extrodianry means to me (as regards to feeding tubes) is undergoing a treatment which will cause further problems to avoid a problem that is not going away anytime soon, and such treatment will render a person in need of a feeding tube for the remainder of their life (short or long).
My husband has decided not to have said treatment and chooses to take his chances that the cancer will spread. I stand by his decision. He at least can speak for himself. If it becomes nessecary later because of the cancer, then we will deal with it. I am not going to let him die of starvation or dehidration. He approves of the feeding tube in that regard only.
Terry unfortunately could not. Michael’s motives changed rather quickly once he got the settlement. If it smells like a Rat…it usually is a rat. And Michael smells like a Rat to me.