Sunday, March 20, 2005

Lifetime material? I think not.

At Political Animal, Kevin Drum writes:

Apparently George Bush and other Texas Republicans think that pulling the plug on hopeless patients is perfectly OK as long as money is the issue and no one on the Christian right is protesting.

Mr. Drum is referring to this, explained by Atrios here:
In 1999 then governor Bush signed a law which allowed hospitals to withdraw life support from patients, over the objections of the family, if they consider the treatment to be nonbeneficial.

I think Mr. Drum is missing something crucial here: none of the cases mentioned by atrios etal. have been formerly pretty, middle-class women with backstories that read like a Lifetime movie.

As you can see, it's clearly a case of apples and oranges.