Monday, March 28, 2005
SAEN Compares DeLay & Schiavo
Michelle Malkin explains the differences between the Schiavo case and the DeLay case:
The DeLay and Schiavo cases are worlds apart, for heaven's sake, and it is patently unfair to compare the two. DeLay's father's had suffered broken ribs and a brain hemorrhage; he needed a tracheotomy and ventilator to assist his breathing; his kidneys failed; multiple infections ravaged his body. Unlike Terri Schiavo, he was in a state of steady deterioration and at death's imminent doorstep within days of his accident.
Unlike the Schiavo case, there was a family consensus among the DeLays and no dispute over what the father would have wanted. Moreover, DeLay was not the primary decision-maker in the family's choice to withhold heroic treatment. That role fell to his mother and another brother and sister.
There has been plenty of ugliness in the Terri Schiavo case, and to be honest it has come from both sides at various times. And now the SAEN has upped the ante by using Terri Schiavo's situation to misleadingly call Tom DeLay a hypocrite. Here is what DeLay's office had to say about the LA Times article:
"The situation faced by the congressman's family was entirely different than Terri Schiavo's," said a spokesman for the majority leader, who declined requests for an interview.
"The only thing keeping her alive is the food and water we all need to survive. His father was on a ventilator and other machines to sustain him," said Dan Allen, DeLay's press aide.
The editors of the SAEN should be ashamed of themselves, but we all know they won't be. I know it is only Monday, and I am loathe to make predictions, but I already see a clear front-runner for the "Outrage of the Week."
Michelle Malkin is such a liar!
"..he needed a tracheotomy and ventilator to assist his breathing.."
No where in the story does it say that DeLay's father was on a ventilator at any time. Why would they do a tracheotomy if he was on a ventilator? That makes no sense. He was clearly breathing on his own.
Broken ribs can heal. Failed kidneys can be replaced with dialysis. The man was still alive and breathing on his own 27 days after the accident and there was no reason why he couldn't have been kept alive longer.
Unlike the Schiavo case, there was a family consensus among the DeLays and no dispute over what the father would have wanted.
Oh, and that makes it alright then? If the Schindlers had agreed with Michael Schiavo, then the religious right would have had no problem with them pulling the plug?
Moreover, DeLay was not the primary decision-maker in the family's choice to withhold heroic treatment. That role fell to his mother..
And why should we believe her? She was just his wife. The religious fundamentalists didn't believe Terri Schiavo's husband. How do we really know what the elder DeLay would have wanted since he did not leave a living will with explicit instructions?
Tom DeLay is clearly a hypocrite in this case because if he had followed the same path back then as he has today in the Schiavo case he would have denounced his mother as a murderer for denying his father that life-saving dialysis treatment.
And that's not all! The story goes on to note that DeLay was a hypocrite two times over in this instance because he also went along with his family's lawsuit against the company that made the tram equipment which they blamed for the accident that led to his father's injuries. The family won a reported quarter million dollars in a settlement and then a few years later Tom DeLay sponsored a law that would have prevented other families from winning similar product liability lawsuits.
Typical Republican I-got-mine, pull-up-the-ladder-behind-me attitude.
The story also notes that the family chose not to do the dialysis treatment when his kidneys failed and so the cause of death ended up being kidney failure, not pulling the plug on a ventilator.