Medical ethics should not be politicised
The right to a dignified death has been played out across the American media in recent months. Terri Schiavo's case has prompted people to question what they would want done in a similar situation and has been a rallying call to the political and religious “right to life” movement in the United States. The news showed President George Bush flying back from his holiday to sign a bill in the early hours of the morning. The bill was drafted for a single family and signalled the very public intervention of the state in a family's personal affairs.
Terri Schiavo was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state by most of the doctors who saw her. The family was divided over what the best course of action was. Her parents wanted her maintained via artificial feeding and questioned the diagnosis. Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband and legal guardian, insisted that she