Thursday, April 28, 2005

OKAY, FOLKS, let's get a shout-out for Pres. Bush's culture of life!

Pres. Bush's statement on Terri Schiavo, March 17, 2005:

Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected - and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.

Statement issued by Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas, April 28, 2005, concerning the case of Knya Dismuke Howard, a 5-month-old infant who has leukemia and a "rare type of flesh-eating disease":

"In certain unfortunate cases where the death of a patient is unavoidable and medical experts believe that continued treatment will only increase pain and suffering, the physician may ask for a meeting of the Committee for Review of Medically Inappropriate/Futile Treatment. That committee is meeting today to examine the case of little Knya."

Knya's parents oppose the hospital's conclusion that their daughter should be removed from life support.

Is Knya part of Bush's culture of life? Or, to paraphrase my own daughter's comment upon learning about the Texas futile care law, is Kyna too dark-skinned and too poor to be in that club?

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