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Why do they care?

Something that has been bugging me for a while and I have finally realized why: Why are the hard core anti-abortion activists bankrolling the Schindlers and using all of their political clout to pressure politicians? It comes down to this: how is ‘viability’ defined. If someone who is in a persistent vegetative state can be considered ‘viable’ then so can a 6 week old fetus. The majority of the anti-abortion crowd could not possibly care less about Terry Schiavo; they only care what a decision of her ‘right to life’ could do for their political cause. The fact that they are entirely willing to ally themselves with convicted child molesters should be a fair indicator of how blind they are to any actual moral issue.

I find myself once again in unexpected agreement with committed conservatives like Reynolds and Sullivan on this issue. The conservatives oppose trial lawyers and their tactics, until they find a need to use them. The conservatives oppose federal interference, until they find a need for it to support a cause they've lost at the state level. The conservatives value the sanctity of marriage so much that they want a Constitutional Amendment protecting it, until they find it more convenient to side with the parents against the husband. I find it endlessly hypocritical and of course 100% expected that the same people who attack Michael Schiavo for having a relationship with another woman while his wife is in the hospital have nothing but praise for Newt Gingrich, who was having an affair and ultimately served his wife with divorce papers while she was undergoing chemotherapy. But as usual for the conservatives, anything a conservative does is excusable and nothing a liberal does is.

Liberals and Democrats are doing themselves no favors by trying to avoid even acknowledging this case and by making vague non committal statements when they do deign to comment. It would be an act of supreme honesty and compassion for a politician (of any stripe) to come right out and say "I don't like that she is in the condition she's in, and if there were any realistic possibility that she could recover I'd be the first to press for it. But all that can be said and done has been said and done. It is now time for leave it in the hands of God."

Posted by rev_matt_y at March 28, 2005 2:02 PM