Politics Of Death In Italy

Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi never saw a chance to get his name in the paper that was missed. In a situation that resembled the Bush intervention into the case of a husband who wanted to allow his wife to die in peace, the Italian prime minister said he would fight to keep alive Eluana Englaro who has been in a coma for 17 years and her father decided to abide by her desires and to allow his daughter the dignity of death. His request to have feeding tubes turned off was upheld by the Supreme Court of Italy, but the prime minister decided to intervene. He consulted the Vatican which is vehemently opposed to ending feeding for Ms. Englaro and announced to his nation: “this is murder. I would be failing to rescue her. I’m not a Pontius Pilate.”

Prime Minister Berlusconi topped off his weird statements by claiming it is not right to allow the death of the woman who was in a coma because she is still able to have babies! Doctors continue following the Italian Supreme Court decision which allowed the end of feeding. Surely, this is a decision for the family, not the state nor the church.

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