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Terri Schiavo [31 Mar 2005|07:24pm]

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As most of you may know, Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged women who was in a vegetated state for 15 years, has died at 9:05 this morning. 13 days after her feeding tube was removed for the third and final time. (http://member.compuserve.com/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0001/20050331/1014521267.htm)

The first time the tube was removed was in 2001 for two days ordered by a judge. The second time, in October 2003,when it was removed for six days.

When someone is in this state, they cannot talk. Controversy quickly stirred up as to who had more rights over the vegetated, but still living, body: the parents or husband? The husband states that Terri wouldn't have wanted to live artificially for so long. While her parents state that she was making progress and interacted with them when they visited her daily. Doctors claim that it was just muscle reflexes. The supreme courts ruled that since Terri did not leave written requests, her care was left to her husband.

More controversy rose when Micheal Schiavo (husband) rejected a request from Terri's brother to see her. It is suspected that she has suffered from abuse from her husband. This was the final dispute between the parents and the husband.

So now brings me to the debate topics:
1.) Who deserves rights over Terri Schiavo: Parents or Husband?
2.) Her feeding tube was removed three times at the request of her husband, do you think the husband purposely tried to kill her for attention, or for her rights?
3.) Is it right to stir up so much trouble over someone in vegetated state, not knowing whether the body is still able to hear or think for itself?
4.) Soon after the death, President Bush stepped in around noon to make a speech. Do you feel he had the right to do so?

5 Are Better Off Dead

[11 Mar 2005|09:54pm]

Discuss in here, not in the link.
4 Are Better Off Dead

[07 Mar 2005|09:41pm]

2 Questions:

•˚•Does society effect education, or does education effect society?•˚•

•˚•Is it America's duty to fight for freedom in other countries?•˚•
2 Are Better Off Dead

[02 Mar 2005|12:41am]

The Supreme Court ruled today that juvenile executions are unconstitutional.

From the linked article: [A Missouri Supreme Court ruling] overturned the death sentence given to Christopher Simmons, who was 17 when he kidnapped a neighbour, tied her up and threw her from a bridge to her death.

Justice Kennedy, who voted for the ban: "Our society views juveniles... as categorically less culpable than the average criminal."

For debate: should juveniles (such as 16- and 17-year-olds) be held as responsible as adults are held for crimes such as first degree murder? Can't a 17-year-old be just as malicious in his intentions to kill another individual as an 18-year-old?

Semi-related: is there a trend in the U.S. to steer away from the death penalty as a valid application of justice?
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Promo banner numero uno [04 Feb 2005|12:06am]

[ mood | productive ]

No worries, there will be plenty more to come. This is just one to get us started until I get a little more time under me to play with Photoshop.

It's a monkey.Collapse )

I also made just a few minor changes to the info page--added a link to the above banner and did a little cleaning up/editing of some typos. Let me know if you need anything else (in addition to the next batch of banners.)

1 Are Better Off Dead

[01 Feb 2005|06:01pm]

The first debate topic will be posted as soon as we hit ten members.
What's the point of having a debate with people who have the same opinions??

I want to thank everyone who has joined so far. We have one more auto accepted spot open.
Don't forget to tell your friends about this community and promote, promote, promote!!


Test Update [31 Jan 2005|04:00pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Test update.

Applicationg will be posted soon.
Will also be available in the memories section

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