“Who can, before God and humanity, pretend with impunity to claim such a right?” L’Osservatore Romano said. “Who and on the basis of which criteria can establish to whom the ‘privilege’ to live should be given?”
The remarks from the Vatican paper, which reflected earlier comments from several Vatican prelates, came after the U.S. Congress passed a law in an emergency session giving Terri Schiavo’s parents the right to file suit in federal court over the withdrawal of nourishment and medical treatment needed to sustain their daughter. President Bush has signed the bill.
“Who can judge the dignity and sacredness of the life of a human being, made in the image and likeness of God? Who can decide to pull the plug as if we were talking about a broken or out of order household appliance?” the paper said.
We are all tempted to take the easy solution and end this. Many of us just don’t care. Of those that are paying attention, the majority think this is a simple matter: the woman is a vegetable with no hope of recovery. Let her starve to death — her husband and the courts say it is okay.
But what of life? Why shouldn’t the default option be life? It cannot be easy to see your wife wither away. But it likewise cannot be easy to see your daughter wither away.
Terry Schiavo has two parents who are ready and willing to take care of her. Why can’t we let them? Our default option should be life — if there is any doubt. And even the court found some doubt.
On that, I’m burned out on the matter and pray that God will call Terry home tonight that we can all change the subject. If he chooses not to, I pray that the federal court chooses life for Terry.