Question: Should a person in a perpetual vegetative state finally be allowed to die after 15 years? That's a no-brainer — sadly, one that the no-brains in Congress just failed. If you’re looking for a truly interesting question, consider this one: Is it more humane to allow a person to die slowly by starvation and dehydration, or to hasten their death with painless medications?
As a policy matter, we might reasonably opt for the former. But that’s not what I’d choose for myself.
Bonus question: Can anyone tell me what passage in the U.S. Constitution justifies the federal government getting involved in the Schiavo case at all?