Joie (hymnia) wrote in prolifedebate,
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Questions about Terri Schiavo

I've been following the case pretty closely, but there is one thing I haven't seen a straight answer on: what is the nature of the neurological tests that have been performed on her, what results do they show, and how reliable are these results?

I see people insisting that she is so badly brain damaged that she can't possibly think or feel (now or ever), but I have yet to see a reliable source for this information.

At this point, I am in support of the Schindlers and am very concerned that an injustice is being done to her by our court system. My objections are two-fold:

1. I don't think the nature of her condition is clear enough to decide that it's one in which she would not want to continue living, and

2. I don't think the nature of her wishes on the matter of "being kept alive by extraordinary means" are clear enough to make a final decision.

But I admit most of my information on the matter has come from pro-life news sources. The articles I've read from other sources have failed to adequately address my concerns. Can anyone point me to more information from the other side's perspective? I am not looking for opinion pieces like the really nauseating one I read in the St. Petersberg Times today, but for documented facts about the nature of her condition.

ETA: I found a (pro-Schindler) article discussing the neurological testing issue in more depth than any article I've yet seen: Starving for a Fair Diagnosis. It gives detailed information on how Terri was diagnosed as PVS, and why that diagnosis is highly questionable. It seems to me, just as a general principle, that we ought to be on the side of those who seek truth rather than those who oppress it. As far as I can see, the side of truth-seeking in this case is the Schindlers' side. I think I'm sticking with them, at least for the time being.

Joie

x-posted to right_over_easy and my own LJ
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