Editor’s note: This Letter of the Week is in response to a letter to the editor that appeared Aug. 29. It is reprinted here for the reader’s convenience:
Just thought you’d like to know that most, if not all, medical personnel here in Miami are endorsing and voting for Charlie Crist for governor. I’m a physician in Miami and my colleagues, both doctors and nurses, have been strong advocates against any public official who had the audacity to interfere in what should have been a family medical decision. Yes, that’s right. Our hospital had a poll two weeks ago which showed that 96 percent of us are voting for Crist, and we hold politicians accountable.
Terri Schiavo had the cognition of a bag of lettuce. We’ve had many cases like hers since, but we’re smarter now. We’ll never let the religious fright know. The psychochristians, like you, have no place in the medical field. Neither do ignoramuses like the Schindlers. If you’re interested, we’re having a huge celebration after Charlie wins next week. Gallagher doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning. Sorry!
I read the letter from Dr. Linda regarding Terri Schiavo with horrified fascination. I should not be surprised by her statements. I should be used to such arrogant expressions from members of the medical community.
All who read Dr. Linda’s letter are hereby placed on notice that there is definite moral rot in the medical community. A physician who compares a disabled individual’s brain to a “bag of lettuce” is capable of all manner of transgressions against human life and dignity. There are many profoundly retarded individuals that, I hazard to guess, Dr. Linda would compare to “a bag of lettuce” or a “turnip” or various other kinds of vegetables. She may attempt to draw distinctions between Terri and other cognitively disabled individuals – but she has no moral foundation for doing so.
Once individuals are “sorted out” by cognitive abilities, there is no stopping it.
Further, Dr. Linda’s insult of Terri’s loving parents as ignoramuses, while in the same breath declaring this to be a “family medical decision” shows the hypocrisy at work in the “futilitarian” branch of the medical community. This is very apparent in Texas as we battle the Texas “Futile Care Statute,” where physicians are allowed to withdraw treatment they deem to be “inappropriate” against the wishes of families and patients.
In the Texas cases, the families are presented the “choice” of ending or continuing life-sustaining treatments. It is first approached as a “family medical decision.” But, the moment a family chooses a continuation of life-sustaining treatments, they are treated with condescension, cruelty and verbal brutality. They become “ignoramuses” in the eyes of the health providers – just as Terri’s family is so considered by Dr. Linda.
The present danger, to us all is that a bunch of “the anointed,” as Thomas Sowell has termed such people, who believe that their education and knowledge should trump the social values of our society, have begun to wrest control of the medical profession away from those who value human life. They believe that they, alone, should make decisions about whose life is valuable enough to receive medical treatments.
These “anointed” have grafted a parallel set of ethics upon our communities. Time and time again, as we in Texas fight these pronouncements by futilitarians that treatment should be withdraw from patients in different Texas cities, we find the local community at large to be shocked and horrified that such thinking exists in “their” medical community.
Rather than allowing the medical community to force these values upon us, we should push back and let them know that, in no uncertain terms, we, the taxpayers and citizens of this country, will not be ruled by a “self-anointed elite.” Our Judeo-Christian society values human life and will continue to do so – even in the face of so-called experts like Dr. Linda who see our beloved disabled family members as nothing more than “bags of lettuce.”
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