Opening Argument - What Terri Schiavo's Case Should Teach Us

National Journal
April 2, 2005

Right-to-life conservatives and right-to-die liberals have about exhausted their rhetorical arsenals, with the former calling the latter secularist killers and the latter calling the former hypocrites, theocrats, and (gasp) tramplers of states' rights. Meanwhile, many in the media who gleefully trumpeted how Terri Schiavo's case had turned rule-of-law conservatives against right-to-lifers have noticed with disappointment that it also had turned disability-rights activists, and liberal lions Jesse Jackson and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, against the right-to-die crowd.