I'm hearing a lot about how right-wing radical America is attempting to impose its disgusting will on the the rest of the country in regards to the Terri Schiavo case. However, I have noticed that support for Terri Schiavo is, in fact, coming from a wide variety of sources and perspectives. This case really does cross political and religious lines. So I thought it would be fun, and instructive to gather together some links to Terri's supporters that don't fit the stereotype.
Lanny Davis, White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton, told Bill O'Reilly, "I think this is a personal decision that I made about the merits of erring on the side of life where we're not certain about this poor women's wishes. We have a husband who claims what she said is that she wanted to be disconnected. But we're not certain. And at least in this instance, which is rare, where you have parents willing to go through the pain and the agony of tending to this poor young woman, we ought to err and allow those parents to do that."
Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, explained her support for Congress' actions on behalf of Terri Schiavo to a Washington Post reporter in this way, "This is a terrible tragedy. There was no living will and the family was divided, I felt that it was appropriate under these unique circumstances that the court take one last look at this."
Disability groups, with traditional Democratic ties have supported Terri's cause. Boston Globe writer Nina J. Easton writes, "Prayers and references to a ''culture of life" have defined the public face of the emotionally-charged Save-Terri Schiavo movement dominating the airwaves this week. But a critical piece of the coalition is disability rights groups, whose ties to Democrats could produce bipartisan legislation creating a more extensive federal role in cases involving the removal of life support."
Harriet McBryde Johnson, a progressive disability rights attorney wrote, Not Dead at All: Why Congress was right to stick up for Terri Schiavo.
Self-described liberal and lesbian writer of the blog Lesbien C'est Moi, writes, "My liberal friends, my conservative friends...this is not about any other person, it is not about politics, it is not about ideology. It is about Terri and her right to NOT be executed. If I sleep tonight, it will only be with the desperate hope that tomorrow morning brings a stay of execution for Terri."
The author of Trials and Turbulations: Tales from a Patriotic Liberal, describes
himself herself [sorry] as agnostic, pro-choice, and pro-euthanasia. Answering a commenter who sought to define life by what a person could do, he wrote in support of Terri, "Based on this logic, this means that everyone who cannot function
properly must die. For two years of my life at one point in time, I was
incapacitated. Going by the above theory, I wouldn't be alive typing
this right now. What about mental patients in the psychiatric wards in
hospitals? What about those in regular hospitals? What about those in
ICU? If A.R.'s theory were to be enforced, there would never be a need for hospitals, right?"
The Rev. Jesse Jackson: I feel so passionate about this injustice being done, how unnecessary it is to deny her a feeding tube, water, not even ice to be used for her parched lips. This is a moral issue and it transcends politics and family disputes."