March 23, 2005

An Inability to Speak the Truth

One thing I have noticed about the Terri Shiavo case so far is the apparent inability from either side to speak honestly about Mrs. Shiavo's case, specifically in regards to her health.

Typical misinformation is readily apparent in this sample quote:

"In its crazed campaign to keep a brain-dead woman alive against the will of her husband, Congress has now passed a law..."
The author, an apparent libertarian, has his facts wrong. Shiavo is brain-damaged, not brain dead. It's the difference between Barbara Boxer and Mary Jo Kopechne. Many liberals make the same or similar misstatements.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, some conservatives make it sound like Terri could almost get up and dance a jig, if only she had rehabilitation.

The facts of Terri Shiavo's mental state lie somewhere in between these two extremes. Let's try to keep that in mind.

Update: An MD I know who posts on this site forwarded this to me, a description of extreme water deprivation as experienced by a man who barely survived seven days without it. As I write this, Terri Shiavo is on day six.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 23, 2005 10:51 AM | TrackBack