Monday, March 21, 2005

Schiavo: Don't make a federal case out of it

My sympathies in the Terri Schiavo case lie entirely with those wishing to keep her alive. But however strongly I feel about that, I can't justify the federal government intervening on her behalf. Issues of medical ethics, individual rights and legal guardianship belong firmly to the state courts. For Congress and the president to interfere, however compelling this particular case, is bad law and undermines the Constitution.

Responsibility here lies entirely with the Florida authorities. That's where it should stay.

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