Good point.... Imagine if you had a dog tied up in the back yard in the condition that they have allowed Terri Shiavo to be in the last 12 day, the ASPCA, Animal Control and the Sherriff would be SO on your case you'd see the inside of a jail cell facing a battery of charges.
Honestly, I don't know if she feels hunger or thirst - I know we have all kind of faith in doctors and expect them to know what they are talking about.
But a simple case of the Left hand not knowing what the Right is doing: minutes before being removed from the respirator, a sincere enough doctor explained that it could/should only take minutes but "FOR REASONS THEY CANNOT EXPLAIN" often patients can live for days and longer.
He asked us to wait in the Critical care waiting area and someone would notify us when he passed. 55 minutes later a nurse walked in, asked us to come to the nurse's desk and explained "I'm sorry, I didn't know anyone was waiting in the waiting room - I called your homes to notify you of your father's passing - nearly 40s earlier.
As you can see, my wife and Brother-in-Law waited more than 40 minutes longer than neccessary because a doctor did not explain to his staff that family was waiting and it wasn't until my Brother-in-Laws wife explained that WE were at the hospital, that we were finally notified. 40 minutes in a waiting room waiting for someone to take their last breath is a long time - especially if it were unavoidable.
So I don't have MUCH faith in Doctors, no matter HOW MANY you stack in a pile and no matter how many agree on what people can and cannot experience when their brains are damaged, but still conscience (at least in the fact they are NOT in a coma, as is generally thought).
We have all seen how STROKE victums, etc., have different parts of their brains take over control over damaged areas - who is to say that Terri didn't have a degree of awareness that she could not communicate.
I had a brother who for 21 years of his life suffered Cerebral Palsy, unable to talk, walk, feed or change himself - he couldn't as much as hold a pen. But his mind was as sharp as mine or yours, it was the communications from the brain thru the nerve-stem and spinal cord that was damaged. Every day was a challenge for all of my family, but with love and care he lived 4 times the life span expected of him at birth.
The fact is, we are Americans - we don't starve people to death - at least I didn'[t think so, unless there was a living will that requested NO NUTRITION - that is a totally different story. I think no matter how bizzarre, we should always respect the wishes of the patient, but when there are no set rules - then being humane is what should always be done.
If the intent is to let her die, then by God's Glory, give her the same humane and swift treatment you give the scum of the Earth that awaits lethal injection on Death Row. Thank God she should be dead soon - and I realize that EVERY DAY in hospitals around the world people are dying very much the same way - but hopefully (for what ever reason) it was the WISH of the person to go that way.
I'm not too proud of the government today - too many memories and emotions, both resent and past are stirred over this topic. It's just a shame Jeb Bush couldn't ship her off to Texas, when the State gives you a DEATH SENTENCE in Texas, you don't live 15 years and you surely don't go out as if you were trapped in the rubble of the Twin Towers without food or water for 2 darn weeks.