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May 3, 2005

Apples to Apples and Dust to Dust

Ok, here is another one for "In the News." Recently, a young man was removed from life support in the Bronx borough of New York City. He had gone into the hospital complaining of a toothache. The boy then fell ill and was pronounced brain dead days later. This case sounded similar to something I had read about before--the Terri Schiavo case. They are not really the same, so let's compare apples to apples and level the playing field. I will proceed like I do with most things-- on a point system.

Terry Schiavo was an adult. Teron was a child (one point for Teron).

Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative state, she could breathe on her own, but nothing else. Teron could not breathe or do anything on his own (one point for Schiavo).

Schiavo had parents who wanted to let her live. Teron had parents who had no idea what had happened to their son and wanted answers (one point for schiavo).

Schiavo was the first person in recent news to bring about the questioning of euthanasia. Teron was now on the heels of the schiavo case and the dogma and political lengths that people had gone through (congress and the president got involved) were already established (one point for Teron).

Schiavo had been in a vegetative state for 15 years, Teron only 2 weeks (one point for Teron).

So there we have it, apples to apples. I score these two about a tie. So can you help me figure out why people went to jail to deliver Schiavo sustenance and keep her alive, saying that God made all life and it is sacred, but this child got story three on the evening news and not so much as a single picketer? Here, I will put up a picture of them side by side.

Still need some help?

Terri Schiavo
Teron Francis

As a footnote to this post I went to look for the images above, using a google image search. take a look at the results.

Teron Francis Zero Matches Found
Terri Schiavo Ten Pages Found including a site made to aid in her fight Terri's Fight.org
here is their mission statement

About the Foundation,
The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to protecting the life and liberty of a disabled woman.
Along with Terri's immediate family, the Foundation works to make the truth about Terri's case known in order to protect her and others like her
I must have missed their efforts in helping to keep Teron alive.

Posted by Kwaku at May 3, 2005 5:33 PM


I finally tracked you down. let me know how things are going

Posted by: Alzy at May 7, 2005 10:07 AM

I wonder if his skin tone was to blame?

Posted by: Johnnie at May 7, 2005 9:04 PM

If you would please visit CURE's blog Life Matters! you will see that we advocated and fought for Teron's life. Indeed we tried desperately to offer our assistance to his family.

Teron was every bit as entitled to have his life protected as Terri. The lie of "brain death" was used to dehumanize him and rationalize his murder.

Of course, race and class are significant factors in checkbook euthanasia.

Earl E. Appleby, Jr.
Director, Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia (CURE)

Posted by: Earl E. Appleby, Jr. at May 19, 2005 1:22 AM

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