On another thread Asherman (one of my very favorite A2Kers) posted
Far from exercising restraint in Federal intrusions into the affairs of States and individuals, this Administration has moved to interfere with that case in Florida where a State Court upheld the right of a husband to make a choice about whether his brain-dead wife might be taken off of physical supports. That's a more intrusive and to me offensive use of Federal power than using US military forces in Iraq. After all, the Constitution makes the President Commander-in-Chief so that he can exercise the military option without undue constraint by Congress or public sentiment. Where is the justification and authority for the Federal government to interfere in State business, or make decisions of a personal nature for a private citizen?
The thing that even Asherman is overlooking here is that this same husband has apparently refused to allow her to be treated with any of the $1.7 million awarded to her; rather he seems to be using it for lawyers to persuade judges to allow him to kill her. He is further overlooking the fact that the woman's parents and siblings do not want her killed, want to take over all resonsibility for her care, and it is they who have appealed to the Federal government for relief. It isn't like the Feds just barged in and started meddling.
I still think what if it was my daughter and my son-in-law would not allow me to see her, talk to her, read to her, play music to her and he was actively seeking a court order for her death? Would I not do the same. Is there any evidence the parents or siblings have been irrational? Unreasonable?
Again of note, the Federal government is not interfering in any way other than to broaden the ability of legal system to deal with the problem. Even as my mouth gets uncomfortably dry after a few hours withought anything to drink, I wonder if Terri is suffering. I don't think I could bear that if she was my loved one. I would be in Washington beating on doors. I can't find a good case for Congress acting improperly or imprudently.