The case of Terri Schiavo gripped the country in 2002. Schiavo, a Florida resident, was kept alive by a feeding tube after she suffered a brain injury from an unknown cause, which left her brain deprived of oxygen and kept her in a vegetative state for over 12 years. The press reported on the bitter fight between Schiavo’s parents and Mark Schiavo, her husband. The parents wanted to keep her alive in hopes that she could make a recovery, but her husband desired to honor her living will wishes. He said Schiavo’s wishes were to die without being resuscitated if ever she were incapacitated and living only via machinery and feeding tubes.
At the time, Jeb Bush was the Governor of Florida. Bush tried to intervene in Schiavo’s death by issuing an order for police and EMS to enter the nursing home where she was staying and re-attach the feeding tube that a judge had ordered removed. The police refused to comply with the order, and Schiavo passed away.
Now, in 2015, LifeSiteNews is reporting that Carson said the Schiavo case was “much ado about nothing,” a reference to the Shakespeare play but also a nuance for a commonly used phrase, “no big deal.” Carson elaborated that physicians deal with death and issues of dying daily, and that he thought the physicians’ job was to keep the patient comfortable instead of keeping the patient alive indefinitely.
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Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, a pro-life group, told LifeSiteNews: “We have seen what it is like to have a president who does not value every life equally, and we certainly do not need another…In my opinion, Ben Carson’s statement dismissing Terri’s life as ‘nothing,’ and Jeb Bush’s failure to take action to save Terri, has disqualified them both from the office of president.”
Rev. Patrick Mahoney told LifeSiteNews, with respect to Carson’s comment: “It is hard to imagine any more insensitive and uncaring language describing the tragic circumstances of Terri Schiavo’s death. With comments like this, one shudders at what kind of Presidential policies he would have concerning end-of-life issues and working with the disability community.”
Back in August, LifeSiteNews reported that Carson had recommended the use of RU-486, called the “day after pill,” and had referred women for abortions when fetal abnormalities were present, which ironically stands in contrast to his comments that he believes that all life begins at inception. LifeSiteNews also reported that Carson had no problem with fetal tissue research being conducted on babies that had already been aborted.
Do you think Carson isn’t as anti-abortion as he claims?