There were interesting and informative articles written about the Schiavo case all across the blogosphere this weekend.
Over at Patterico's Pontifications you can learn a lot from the articles on this search page, including elaboration of the idea that Jeb Bush's intervention was analagous to offering clemency to a condemned man.
As an intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, twenty years ago, I dealt with many hopelessly terminal patients, many of whom were suffering terribly. One concept that the attending physicians made us understand -- without variability -- was that the object of all our therapeutic decisions, at this point in a patient's life, was to relieve suffering and make the patients comfortable.
We would never have imagined taking out a feeding tube, and it certainly was not in our realm of possible conceptions to take out the feeding tube of a patient who is neither terminal nor suffering.
The concept of intervening to create comfort and peace in one's terminal days, aided by a serious, responsible and moral caregiver has evolved -- or transmogrified--into proactive solutions to problems of long-term care, moderated by an overriding judicial system.
We are at a point of medical and cultural significance.
It would be interesting to hear more physicians weigh in.