Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg:

After the frenzy of congressional action over Terri Schiavo, there was a certain abrupt, almost cartoonish, Wile E. Coyote-going-into-the-brick-wall aspect to U.S. District Judge James Whittemore's decision Tuesday to favor the law over faith-based hysterics. "This court is constrained to apply the law to the issues before it,'' he said, no doubt earning himself a spot among the "activist judges" reckless enough to point out, for instance, that nothing in the Constitution says gays can't be married.

Perhaps we need a constitutional amendment here, too: that the right to make such difficult medical decisions should not be left to legal guardians, but transferred to grandstanding politicians so that they may act in the best interests of their reactionary support base.


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