Bioethics Discussion Blog: Schiavo case: Is the World News Media and People Around the World Interested?

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Schiavo case: Is the World News Media and People Around the World Interested?

In America, the Schiavo case has been dominating the news media for almost the past two weeks. There is much discussion here about the fairness of the legal process, the powers and responsibilities of the Congress, President and the Governor of Florida, the issue of who is a more reliable surrogate, what diagnosis is the most correct, what does removing food and fluid signify (removing comfort care or removing an unwanted medical treatment), is a body forever without awareness something to preserve at all monetary, legal and ethical costs.. and so on and so on.

Most interesting for me and perhaps others here would be for my visitors coming to this blog from outside America to comment on what impact this case is having, if any, on the news media of their countries and what are the folks on the street or in their homes discussing, if at all, about the Schiavo case. Let us know about your observations. ..Maurice.

6 Comments:

At Monday, March 28, 2005 6:36:00 PM, Blogger Bioethics Dude said...

Though the Dude's in the States, many of his relatives are in Hungary, and in email exchanges w/ them over the last couple of week, they opinion seems to be the following:
-so long as the husband has been told by the wife of her medical wishes, he should be trusted to do as she pleases; and
-the goverment should only have oversight of such situations in order to ensure the objectivity of the process...
interesting comments I think, coming from a socialist-democratic country.

 
At Monday, March 28, 2005 10:49:00 PM, Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

"-the goverment should only have oversight of such situations in order to ensure the objectivity of the process..."

But there is a drive to have the government both federal and the state of Florida ignore the judicial decisions in the Terri Schiavo case declaring lack of objectivity and to act in place of the judicial system by whatever means necessary. This worrisome recommendation is presented with examples of comments from well-known individuals on Obsidian Wings "Terry Schiavo and Judicial Activism". Read it.. it may scare you as to what might happen next. ..Maurice.

 
At Monday, March 28, 2005 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

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At Tuesday, March 29, 2005 7:23:00 PM, Blogger Bioethics Dude said...

in re Obsidian Wings: WOW! and perhaps, holy crap. I was searching for another term besides objective...I guess a better term would have been methodical? Anything other than arbitrary intervention...thanks Maurice.

 
At Wednesday, April 13, 2005 4:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an American, but was at a meeting in Rome a couple of weeks ago and found:

1) Terri Schiavo's death was on the front page of the Italian newspapers. (The Pope knocked her out of that spot the next day.)

2) My European colleagues all knew about the case, asked me about and argued about it themselves.

 
At Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:06:00 PM, Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

To the writer with the Rome experience: Was any consensus reached amongst your colleagues on the Schiavo issue? ..Maurice.

 

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