The argument made by the "other side" made out its point something like this, this poor woman is no longer a person, she is brain dead, and she is kept alive "on a machine." We need to allow nature to take its course. Just unplug her from the machine, and let nature have at her, that's all, nothing unusual about this, it is how we provide her with "dignity."
The fact is, deprived of food, nature will have its way with absolutely anyone. It's called "starving to death." Not even the infamous Doctor Death aided his patients with suicide via starvation, why? Because it takes a while.
So these "death with dignity" givers, why didn't they suggest the electric chair? Or lethal injection? Or firing squad? Or guillotine?
Oh, that would be killing. We don't want to kill her, we just want nature to take its course with her. Not yet, my pretty, not yet.
It's not killing, is it, to do nothing. I mean, to kill someone, you have to take action, right? So by "unplugging her from the machine" we are not killing her, it has nothing to do with us. It is just nature.
But if you don't feed children, they will die. If you don't feed very old people, they will die.
It is called starvation.
The government actually issued an order that kept food away from a helpless woman. The government actually ORDERed that she not be fed.
You don't call this murder?
Can you, with any shred of conscience, call this GOOD? That justice was served?
Remember, the government issued this order to starve a woman to death, on the word of a man that used to be the woman's husband, a man that had long since taken another woman as a his wife and had children with her, a man that had this memory that once upon a time his once-wife had said that if she were ever in a coma she would prefer to be starved to death.
Think this through.
Would you be bridled to passion, if the judge who issued this order had tippy-toed into her room and slit her throat with a knife?
Or is "nature taking its course" really all that justifiable a penalty?
“Truth that has merely been learned is like an artificial limb, a false tooth, a waxen nose; it adheres to us only because it is put on. But truth acquired by thought of our own is like a natural limb; it alone really belongs to us.”