Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
So reads the eighth amendment to the US Constitution. I oppose the death penalty in all situations because it's wrong and immoral to take a God-given life, and because it's cruel punishment. The cruelest punishment. This is a pro-life viewpoint.
And the state, when it does take a life, does so quickly to minimize the inmate's cruel suffering.
If a quick, intentional death is cruel punishment for someone who committed a crime, then surely a slow, intentional death is cruel for someone who did nothing wrong.
I am neither a medical professional, nor am I a shrill voice of of the far-right Dobson/Falwell/DeLay contingent.
But I know that intentionally starving to death a severely disabled person is wrong. Obviously and clearly wrong. A convicted murderer, even dog and cats, are accorded more dignity and consideration than has Terri Schiavo. Basic nutrition for the disabled is a right, not a privilege, as is air to breath and shelter from the elements.
Intentionally starving to death anyone is cruel and I hope unusual. But it's apparently not illegal.
We need to change the law. Now. Murder is always wrong. This, too, is a pro-life viewpoint.