Monday, March 21, 2005

Freedom vs. Slavery

The Schiavo case, in all its complexity, and despite the rhetoric, boils down to this:

Individual liberty and freedom versus utilitarian eugenics.

New York Times March 21, 2005

Congress Passes and Bush Signs Legislation on Schiavo Case

By Carl Hulse and David D. Kirkptrick
WASHINGTON, Monday, March 21 - The House early Monday gave final Congressional approval to legislation that would allow a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, and the measure was signed quickly at the White House by President Bush, who flew back to Washington from his Texas ranch on Sunday.

Despite protests from some Democrats who accused Republicans of inappropriately injecting Congress into medical decisions related to the severely brain damaged Florida woman, the House voted 203 to 58 for the bill at the end of four tumultuous days and an emotional debate that began Sunday night at 9 and ended shortly after midnight.
Voting yes were 156 Republicans and 47 Democrats, while 53 Democrats and 5 Republicans voted no...
http://nytimes.com/2005/03/21/politics/21debate.html?hp&ex=1111467600&en=63c824cee2244482&ei=5094&partner=homepage

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