Friday, April 01, 2005

Starvation vs. Dehydration

Here's a question that has occurred to me, and I'm not sure anyone has thought to ask it yet (not that too many people will see it here, but anyhow) . . .

When the advocates for Terri Schiavo's death have talked about her manner of dying, they have made a big deal (see link) about the difference between starving her and dehydrating her. Apparently the former takes about two weeks to kill a person, while the former about three to five days. And everyone has been very adamant that they aren't starving her, they're dehydrating her . . . to death.

Okay, hand on a second. Terri Schiavo lingered for almost two weeks after they pulled her tubes. That's much longer than it should have taken if they were dehydrating her.

What's going on here?

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