Congress Intervenes In Schiavo Case
The gist of the story is that Congress got together and reached an agreement on a bill that would allow the tube to be reinserted to allow Terri Schiavo to get nourishment.
I think that reinserting her tube is the right decision in this case.
I'm not opposed to euthenasia. I believe that every person has the right to dominion over their own body. It is the right of every American to turn down medical care, and DNR is legal in this country. I don't agree with any legislation that would take away that right over any individual. I would even support Oregon's assisted suicide program on its face, under the same premise.
However, in Terri's case, we have an issue not of desire, but of "what did she say?" She can't tell us what she'd want in this situation, and she hasn't documented anywhere her desire should this come to pass. In the absense of this, I think a doctor's Hippocratic Oath takes over, and he is required to try to keep her alive and try to get her healthy. Her husband says she wouldn't want to be in that state, but her family says she would want to live. On the most simple level, since allowing her to die is decidedly more drastic than keeping her alive, it's best to refrain from ending her life, I think.
Perhaps, if we had more info, like, if she had the opportunity to turn down the feeding tube, and she did, then we'd have evidence that she didn't want to live in her state, but they don't even have that.
I think allowing her to die is a bad decision.