Monday, March 21, 2005

Killing Terri

Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, wants her dead. Ok, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt: Michael claims Terri would want to die if she knew she were in her current "persistent vegetative state."

The Traumatic Brain Injury Research Guide defines "persistent vegetative state (PVS)" as, "A long-standing condition in which the patient utters no words and does not follow commands or make any response that is meaningful."

The Oregon Brain Injury Resource Network defines PVS in the EXACT same way.

Finally, Healthlink, provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin, defines PVS as, "a condition in which individuals have lost cognitive neurological function and awareness of the environment but retain noncognitive function and a perserved sleep-wake cycle."

Persistent vegetative state?! The descriptions sound more so like students in a macroeconomics class. Name one student enrolled in Ecomonics 101 that hasn't lost "cognitive neurological funtion" and isn't in a "perserved sleep-wake cyle" and I'll produce the Easter Bunny.

If Terri deserves to die, then so does every freshmen business major.

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