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Non-discrimination bill doesn’t protect or define life

Chadwick Cox August 28th, 2013

In the Gazette article (News, “Life preserver,” Brendan Hoover, Aug. 14) on House Bill 1403 (Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act), Tom Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans for Life, is reported as saying, “ (Terri) Schiavo’s husband insisted on her feeding tube being removed not because she was dying but because she was not dying.”

He apparently considers she was still alive, whereas in truth Terri Schiavo had long ago bailed out and left that body on remote control. Medical science indicated that years before (and the autopsy showed) the brain had shrunk down to the so-called “lizard brain,” which is misleading in that lizards are very much alive. To even refer to that body as being in a persistent vegetative state is unfair since plants constantly monitor and respond to their environment. If this is what Oklahomans for Life think is life, they have a very strange concept of life. If HB 1403 supports this as a civil right, then state Rep. Dennis Johnson and those who passed this bill should be ashamed.
— Chadwick Cox, Norman

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