Today, infotheory blogs a pledge drive to raise over 50k to give to Terry Schiavo's husband in exchange for him relinquishing custody over to her parents. From what I've read, many are behind it. If you want to support Terry in this way you can go to his blog here and make a plege in the comments area. It has been brought up that this has been tried before, offering money to Terry's husband, even more than is being pledged here, but he turned it down.
Personally, I do not believe this tactic will be effective, nor do I believe it is right. Offering money to someone to do what is morally right could lead to a slippery slope. While I understand the intent, what is the message being sent here? Can we really put a price on a human life? Is it even ethical to do such a thing? Not only that, but I do not believe that a man of such seemingly low character as Micheal Schiavo would even go for it given that his obvious intentions are not just monetary. He continues to insist that it was Terry's wish to not be kept alive. So what would he gain from allowing her to die? He already has plenty of money stemming from several lawsuits and would stand to receive even more upon her death. He claimes loyalty to his wifes wishes and to love her deeply yet he has cheated on his wife with several women and has fathered a child with one of them.
In a Larry King interview he brought out the point that the video taken of Terry Schiavo was edited down from 4 in a half hours of footage. The point being that the reactions and responses made were the result of merely watching and waiting for some type of automatic, unconscious motor movements. Micheal Schiavo contends that his wife is a vegatable.
One thing comes to mind after reading up on some of the history of this case. Does the state have a right to intervene and if so on what grounds? It is one thing to allow the courts to decide in such a private and personal matter, but when the governor steps in and actually passes a law designed to thwart an individuals efforts, that is a whole different matter altogether. We as the public, I believe, have a right to disagree, intervene, and protest, but what about the authority of the state? In this particular situation, the courts are not necessarily acting on their own will but merely honoring the so called wishes of a dying women based on the evidence presented. On what evidence is the state acting on? A video clip edited from 4 hours of footage?
I don't agree with Terry Schiavo's husband at all. Yet, he has been demonized by the media, writers, and bloggers, including myself for what he is trying to do. My contention is that he nor anyone else, including Terry Schiavo, have no right to decide when and how they are going to die. Only God almighty is able to do such a thing. Believing that you as an individual, can and should decide when and how do die is a sign of great ignorance and arrogance. I pray that some how Micheal Schiavo's heart will be compelled to do the right things, divorce his wife and marry the 'other' women, become transparent and disclose to the parents and general public all financials, and allow his wife the true dignity of life, and a second chance at treatment.
The methods being used by the parents in the form of state intervention is unsettling to me still. Ultimately my contention is this, if you are going to disagree with Mr. Schiavo, do it for the right reasons. Whether we believe it or not, it actually may be difficult for this man to carry through on this matter, yet he is. Why? Why not walk away and say forget it? I suspect that he is being used as a pawn for the right to die crowd, just as the parents and Terry Schiavo are being used by the right to life crowds. That in and of itself makes the whole thing wrong on both sides. Like I said, if you are going to disagree with Mr. Schiavo, do it for the right reasons. I wonder, has anyone approached this man and simply had a compasionate conversation with him about the truth of God's word and will for his life?
Is this really an issue of having the right to decide one's own destiny without influence from the state? I say.... well, what do you say?