Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Eluana Englaro Death Sparks Outrage

Eluana Englaro, 38, died last night at a clinic in Udine in Northeastern Italy, where she had been for the past week, as the previous posts have tried to keep on top of the developments of this case, hoping and praying for a miracle. This debate has rocked Italy and caused huge debates between pro-life and pro-death activists.

Her father briefly spoke out and confirmed that she had died and said he had nothing to say but that he would prefer to be alone at this time.

After a battle to let his daughter die by removing her survival needs of food and water for the last 10 years claiming it was the wishes of his daughter Eluana Englaro, her father, Beppino Englaro, won his case within Italy’s top court authorizing in November 2008 his right-to-die case that has Italy in a total uproar along with opinions from all over the world.

Eluana Englaro, died 4 days after her feeding tubes and hydration apparatus was slowly removed in a private hospital. This outrage and inhuman case will absolutely most definitely always stay in the minds of many and will likely be used as a benchmark to finalize changes to laws regarding euthanasia. The Englaro case has been compared to that of American Terri Schiavo, who spent 15 years in a vegetative state and was allowed to die in 2005 after a long court battle.

While in the midst of debating a bill and a vote that would have saved her life and her feeding tube re-instated Englaro died.

Although no cause of death has been announced news reports have indicated because of such a quick death were doses of sedatives given to her? Palliative medication in high does causes premature death.

The moving of Englaro’s to a private hospital and her dehydration death was met with angry protesters throughout Italy during the weekend and over the past few weeks. She became part of all pro-life catholic supporters and everyone’s hopes and prayers.

Emergency legislation through the Italian Parliament to save Englaro’s life after an earlier attempt was blocked by the country’s president, a former communist. However, the legislation was still in process when Englaro’s death was announced sadly.

It seems now there are a lot of questions as to the surprise quickness of her death according to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International.

“To intensely dehydrate a person to death dehumanizes them because it denies them the basic care due to a human person. We turn them into an object,” he told LifeSiteNews. “Everybody deserves basic care, which includes food, fluid, and warmth as long as it is necessary to sustain life. This is not extraordinary treatment.”

“We ask the question, how did she actually die? She wouldn’t have died in just a few days of dehydration,” he added. What was the cause of death?

Despite court rulings in favor of removing her tubes, Italy’s government issued an emergency decree Friday to help her or anyone in a vegetative state from having tubes disconnected.

They had the decree issued despite court rulings and a warning from Italy's president that the government shouldn't intervene in the case. This decree passed at Cabinet on Friday stating feeding and giving water to the incapacitated or those who depend on it cannot be taken away.

The issue of this decree was against the advice of Giorgio Napolitano, who as Italy's president is the country's top official. His argument was that the decree would violate a final ruling by a court.

Since Mr. Napolitano has to sign any government decree, the Cabinet decision to move ahead despite the president's recommendation might lead to a bitter battle between two of the country's most senior officials.

Italian Prime Minister, Berlusconi, tried desperately to expedite the decree claiming it was urgent and crucial for her survival and to disconnect Ms. Englaro's feeding tube which the process had begun last Friday wasnothing less than slow murder .... he was unsuccessful time wise in saving this particular woman, god bless her and everyone who tried to save her from the tragic life she led here.


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