Though the families of many vegetative patients - male and female - have faced life-or-death decisions over the years, the plights of injured young women are more likely to engage the public and attract right-to-life advocates, says Steven Miles, a professor for the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. "People say, "She needs to be rescued, she needs to be cared for,"' Miles said in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times.
Miles said life-support measures on men are seen as an "assault" but with women, the technology becomes "a form of nurturing and care giving." Men also are more commonly viewed as clear-thinking adults who made wise statements about their end-of-life wishes. With women, however, any previous statements they made about end-of-life wishes are more commonly blown off as "emotional utterances" that don't have weight, Miles said.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Okay, so it seems we can't blog about anything but Terry Schiavo today, so let me link to this post by Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon.