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I absolutely disagree. If your parents have the final say until they're dead, then why do we recognize marriage as the partnership that it is, and why do we make the spouse the next of kin? Why do we make vows to put our spouse above anyone else and share our lives with them? I agree that my parents gave me life, but that does not mean that they forever hold sway over it. In the absence of my being able to speak for myself, I would say my husband is best able to speak for me.
I think it should be the spouse's choice only if the patient's parents are deceased if there is no living will. Who is to say what she REALLY wanted without it?
Not that it excuses his behavior, but Terri has been in a persistent vegitative state since 1990. That's 15 years, and I would not blame anyone who found it difficult to remain chaste and committed to a woman in a permanent coma for that length of time. Also, a life insurance policy would have been in place before Terri died, and if her husband benefits, that's exactly what a life insurance policy is supposed to do. Let's not treat this as if he killed her for the life insurance.
From what I understand, Terry's spouse now has a common-law-wife,etc. What does he gain from his stance on the issue? Why would he fight the parents to the end? Is he really trying to support Terry or does he have alterior motives?