Precinct 333

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Anyone Find This Obscene?

First the courts rule that Terri Schiavo could be starved to death despite no clear evidence of her personal wishes on the matter -- just the assertion of the person who stood to gain the most by her death.

Now we have this case, in which a court is allowing the government to overrule the clear intent of an enemy of the United States.

A Cuban exile on a monthlong hunger strike protesting his detention as a suspected spy was in a hospital's inmate ward Friday after a judge cleared the way for U.S. officials to have a feeding tube inserted in him.

Juan Emilio Aboy was being held at Jackson Memorial Hospital's inmate ward, hospital spokeswoman Lorraine Nelson said Friday.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Paul Huck agreed with another judge's order to ``involuntarily administer nutrients'' to Aboy though a stomach or intravenous tube, and to restrain him if he attempts to remove it.

``Mr. Aboy is now completing his fourth week without eating. The decision to not eat was his choice. A court order was issued allowing the U.S. Public Health Service to take any necessary precautions in the interest of his health,'' said Nina Pruneda, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.

So what we have here is a precedent that says you can kill the sick, but must intervene to stop a voluntary death.

Who says this country hasn't lost its way?


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