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Do you think the GOP did all they could do on the Terry Shivo case?

Terry Shivo was the center of a case where her estranged husband, petitioned the courts to have her support system removes, including no food or water. Her family fought in court for the right for her life? They lost. What was your feelings on this case do you think the GOP did enough to try to stop Terry's untimeley death?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    No they didn't. They were just posturing. Of course one problem is that Terry's "family" was her husband -- not her parents -- and only her husband could make decisions for her. More's the pity: if she'd had a living will and a health care proxy she could have given that power to someone who really cared whether she lived or died.

    And there's more: the GOP did nothing about paying for her care. So it was the local taxpayers footing the bill once Terry's assets were depleted and any insurance used up.

    I'm convinced that this was the REAL reason why the GOP just talked and did nothing practical. "Follow the money" is the best slogan I ever heard, and it's no less true here.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Was it really her husband's decision or a court's decision?

    Do you think her husband had her best interests at heart? I don't!

    Her husband should not of been permitted by the law to make that decision or even ask for it. He had moved on and that is confirmed not with only having a girlfriend, but he and his girlfriend had produced two children out of the union! Because he had moved on ( and nobody is faulting him to move on) I would say that he did not reserve the right to have those tubes removed.

    I also do not think the courts had the right to allow it, grant it or permit it. The only one's who had the right to make that delicate decision was her blood family! The person's who gave her life and took care of her all through that life.

    Yes, the Government should of intervened based on the fact that Terry's estranged husband could not make a sound judgement call because he wanted to go on.

    I also question the fact that the husband had obtained off an insurance company over 1 million dollars. So much for him to take care of his wife and I believe in around 700,000 to aid in her care, which included rehab. the husband had conveyed to the courts that he estimated that Terry would live for over 50 yrs.

    In my opinion not enough was done and something was very funny with the husband's story. Hopefully some politician will see to it that the law is changed. The Blood family should be the only one's that make that decison, that is parents, and/or children.

  • 1 decade ago

    They shouldn't of did anything. We don't need the GOP or the Dem's or anyone on a federal level, to tell us how to live or die.

    This matter could of been handled by the state of Florida, their supreme court, or our Federal Supreme Court. The GOP had no business doing what they did. And they did it for political reasons. Not because they cared about anyone. All I have ever heard from the Republicans, is Government is too big, we need to downsize, we need to be Conservative on spending. Well looking at what they have done the last eight years, has made them all Hippocrates. They do not follow a political platform, but rather cater to the special interest groups and large Corporations. They do what they did with Terry Shivo, and look at the pork spending in the last eight years. Unbelievable.

    I know if I told my love ones that I wanted the plug pulled. Then I have a living will and that is what I want done. I don't want anyone else getting involved from the government.

  • 1 decade ago

    They did too much. It was a private issue that went way too far in politics.

    There were two choices - 1) Terri was an absolute vegetable who was not going to recover, or 2) there was still a little bit of Terri left and she was suffering horribly. Under either answer, how could her parents insist that the machines stay hooked up? It was completely selfish.

    Terri made the decision to marry this man and did not put her medical wishes in writing. That means, by law, the husband got to make the final call. This should never have dragged out as far as it did.

    Disgusting.

    .

  • 1 decade ago

    I honestly don't think this should have even been a political issue to begin with. I can certainly understand the grief the parents felt and the way it was handled, however, put yourself in her shoes. She had no life, that was not living and I would not have wanted to have lived that way. I would have rather they taken me off everything a long time ago, why they waited so long is beyond me. I think her parents should have accepted the loss, even though it was a VERY difficult decision to make, but it was in her best interest. I think the starvation and dehydration process was an extremely harsh way to go, but I just don't think anyone in the same condition would want their families to live with the expense and burden of caring for you when you aren't getting any type of fulfillment out of your life whatsoever.

  • 1 decade ago

    This was not a political issue. It was a legal issue that was argued in the Florida courts, for years. The Congress did get involved. Senator Rick Santorum, Republican, PA got personally involved. The family members were unable to get the US Supreme Court to take an appeal.

    Everyone who cared about Terry did everything they possibly could to save her. Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, Republican did everything he could do legally to save Terry.

    If you want to fault anyone, take it up with Terry's ex-husband and judges in Florida.

  • boland
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    How previous are you like 5? She became very atractive earlier her tragic twist of fate which left her ideas broken and bedridden. She became in all probability far greater eye-catching for the time of her "i'm a retarded vegetable " faze than you're precise now in yours!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Actually, I think the Republicans should have stayed out of it altogether. Since when does our government have the authority to override family decisions for people? I thought the GOP was supposed to be the party of SMALLER government and less involvement in our daily lives. NOPE. Instead we have the unconstitutional mandate that allows our Republican government to tap into phone lines, emails and conversations over wire. We have a Republican government that steps in to make family decisions for us. We have a Republican government that is allowed to make unwarranted house-to-house searches based upon suspicious intelligence. The Republican party is no longer the party of Ronald Reagan and no longer represents the conservative principles it once held true to it's heart. I'm voting Independent in 2008.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I was sorry that GOP got involved with it. I wouldn't want to be put in a prison for life, Imagine what its like to be trapped in a lifeless body.

    I have trouble believing God would want anyone to live like that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oh my god it was the most shameless thing I've seen in a while.The GOP disawoved all values with that one.It was

    too much.

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