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Friday, March 18, 2005

OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan: "Here's both a political and a public-relations reality: The Republican Party controls the Senate, the House and the White House. The Republicans are in charge. They have the power. If they can't save this woman's life, they will face a reckoning from a sizable portion of their own base. And they will of course deserve it.

This should concentrate their minds.

So should this: America is watching. As the deadline for removal of Mrs. Schiavo's feeding tube approaches, the story has broken through as never before in the media.

There is a passionate, highly motivated and sincere group of voters and activists who care deeply about whether Terri Schiavo is allowed to live. Their reasoning, ultimately, is this: Be on the side of life. They remind me of what Winston Churchill said once when he became home secretary in charge of England's prisons. He was seated at dinner with a jabbery lady who said that if she were ever given a life sentence she'd rather die than serve it. He reared back. No, he said, always choose life! 'Death's the only thing you can't get out of!'"

Republicans, are you listening? Maybe one of the greatest moral issues of our day is the life of Terri Schiavo. Is being pro-life being willing to care as much for starving a human being as for a mouse in a school house? Where is the humane society?: I once got a letter from the humane society because a boy brought a live mouse to school to feed his pet snake. Is Terri Schiavo's life worth as much as a mouse?

Are we going to watch the slow starving of a human being, an agonizing death that we would not tolerate in a pet dog or pet cat? If people go to jail for setting a cat on fire, shouldn't the people who removed the tube this afternoon be worthy of at least a public flogging?

Have we lost our moral sense and compass?

May God have mercy on our national soul.

De 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
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