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Monday, March 21, 2005

The Age gets it wrong: why am I surprised?

This piece from The Age shouldn't surprise me, but it does. More the point, I feel like screaming at someone. They got most of the facts straight but for this lapse in homework:
 Terri Schiavo, 41, has been in a vegetative state since a heart attack in 1990 put her in a coma.
Obviously, permanent vegetative state (PVS) is distinct from coma, but someone hasn't been paying attention. The rest of the piece got facts straight -- but they're written to suit a message: comatose Terri Schiavo told her husband that she wanted to die, her husband tries to fulfill her dying wish, but her parents, and Christian nuts in the US (read: Republicans) are butting in where they shouldn't. In short, euthanasia = good, Christian conservatives = bad. One day soon, someone will discover a psychological condition that causes psychosomatic reactions when an orthodox Christian (the so-called Christian conservative) is encountered. Kind of like how Count Dracula reacts in the movies when he gets a crucifix shoved up to his face.

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