Are Feeding Tubes Life Support?
Steven Taylor is annoyed with the continuing dishonesty of the language being used by those clammoring for the re-insertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.
Forget oneÃ¢€™s view on this topic, just be honest about what the situation is. To listen to many (many, many, many) talk it is as if Terri could eat and drink, but food and water are being withheld, just at armÃ¢€™s length, while she dies.
Further, to ignore that the feeding tube was medical intervention, of a type similar to, although not as dramatic as, a ventilator is to put ideological blinders on. At a fundamental level it ignores the fact that for the vast preponerance of human history, Terri would have died 15 years ago, which adds yet another layer of complexity to the situation, if one now wants to call removal of the tube Ã¢€œplaying GodÃ¢€ or otherwise trying to evaluate her state.