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New Poll

A new ABC poll from 3/10-3/13. Found it on DailyKos and I thought it was very interesting.

As you may know, a woman in Florida named Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her parents and her husband disagree on whether or not she should be kept on life support. In cases like this who do you think should have final say, the parents or the spouse?
Parents 25
Spouse 65
Other 2
Neither 2
Unsure 6

If you were in this condition, would you want to be kept alive, or not?
Kept Alive 8
Not Kept Alive 87
Unsure 4

I would say “spouse” and “not kept alive.”


March 20, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

1 Comment »

  1. The problem with your analysis of this poll is that the only thing they got right about what’s happening to Terri Schiavo is the spelling of her name.

    Terri Schiavo has not been on “life support” for the past 15 years. Instead, she has been getting sustenance (food and liquids) via a feeding tube that was inserted AFTER her husband decided that having nurses spoon-feed her, and hold cups for her to sip from, was too expensive. (A nurse costs more if she has to sit with a patient for 30 minutes than if she can spend a minute hooking up a food bag to a feeding tube, and then she can come back 15 minutes later and unhook it).

    Terri Schiavo is not a “vegetable” but is cognitive and conscious, interacts with visitors, can respond to questions or verbal commands, and although seriously disabled is a human being. What is being done to her is criminal, and if Michael Schiavo treated his dog this way he’d be put in jail.

    I have an article on the subject at my blog, which you can read via clicking on my profile.

    Please, as intelligent people we owe it to ourselves to be fully informed on a subject before we go off half-cocked.

    Comment by John Clifford | March 22, 2005 | Reply

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