An interesting perspective on the Schiavo matter from a man with cerebral palsy who narrowly missed being euthanized himself:
Like many others with disabilities, I believe that
the American public, to one degree or another, holds that disabled
people are better off dead.
This attitude has bothered me, too. People ask, rhetorically, if you would like to live in her condition. The assumed answer is generally "no", which sort of ruins any chance for an actual discussion. Those with mental disabilites are lumped in with people who are terminally ill, as though their brain injury or defect makes them effectively half-dead already. It’s not fair, and it’s not accurate.
While I’m on this topic let me second Hugh Hewitt, Glenn Reynolds, and The Anchoress, and James Lileks. Opposition to removing the feeding tube is emphatically not a "Christian Right" issue. Randall Terry is a warped, fringe-dwelling, self-aggrandizing asshole, and the media folks
who present him as some sort of mainstream Christian spokesman are
either liars or idiots. I’m a Christian, like most Americans, but I have no desire to bring about an "American theocracy" or any other ridiculous overwrought accusations that some have made. And at no point in my arguments about this case have I invoked religion to make a point, because it’s not necessary and because it’s simply an ineffective way to argue. And, as Michael Barone says, This is the hardest kind of issue to decide because most people on both sides are acting from heartfelt honest conviction.