States' Rights Doctrine feeding tube removed in right to life issues. Re-insertion of tube expected once Roe v. Wade reclaims headlines.
"This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," said the memo, which was reported by ABC News and later given to The Washington Post. "This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida has already refused to become a cosponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats."
-- Washington Post
"You're left with a woman who suffered a heart attack 15 years ago, who essentially died but was resuscitated, though not entirely. Her brain had suffered enormous damage from the heart attack. As time passed, her brain further deteriorated -- to the point where much if not most of her cerebral cortex (the portion of the brain that controls conscious thought, among other things) was literally gone, replaced by spinal fluid. Doctors hired by Terri's husband say the deterioration of Terri's brain left her without thoughts or feelings, that the damage is irreversible, and that Terri's life-like appearance is merely the result of brain stem activity -- basically involuntary reflexes we all have. An independent doctor hired by the court reached the same conclusions. Doctors hired by Terri's parents did not dispute the physical damage done to Terri, but they claim there are new therapies that could improve her condition."
-- Abstract Appeal
"This is a decadent circus the right has cooked up for us, worthy of that Late-Roman-Empire feeling that ever more deeply enshrouds the Bush era with each new turn of the news cycle. It is also a neon display of the contempt President Bush and his party hold for our legal system (I guess that when it comes to meddling with Florida courts, their track record is successful), and of their willingness to trample on due process and individual rights for the sake of a cause celebre cherished by the Base That Must Be Obeyed."
-- Scott Rosenberg
"And blaming the right for the "decadent circus," when every lefty blog is proclaiming this case the death of our constituion (hint: it's been brain dead longer than Terry Schiavo), only greases the slide of our descent into the irrational hell that has become political discourse in this country."
-- Mathew Gross