It's well-documented how W. Bush and Tom DeLay
used the Schiavo case
for cynical political purposes. But these colossal hypocrites both have instances
in their own families which show they or their mothers do not favor "erring on
the side of life" in such cases in their own families.
DeLay's instance of agreeing with a decision to
pull the plug on his own father
when he was in a coma is more widely known than Bush's instance.
In 1953, Robin Bush, a younger sister of W.'s,
tragically died of leukemia at
the age of 3. The family tried to extend Robin's life with painful blood transfusions
and bone marrow transplants, but she died seven months after being diagnosed.
I found a very interesting quote from Barbara
Bush in Fortunate Son by J.H. Hatfield,
which I could not find in any other book or document or through an Internet search.
The late Hatfield apparently obtained the quote from another source, either her
autobiography or another book or article, as he does not footnote it, but he lists
many sources at theend of the book for the entire chapter.
The quote goes:
"[Dr. Dorothy Wyvell, Robin's pediatrician] gave
us the best advice anyone
could have given, which of course we didn't take," Barbara Bush said.
"She said, 'Number one, don't tell anyone. Number two, don't treat her.
You should take her home, make life as easy as possible for her, and in three
weeks' time, she'll be gone.'"
How's that for supporting a young girl's right-to-life?
To be fair, Bush was only 7 at the time of his
sister's death, and his parents
did not even tell him his sister was terminally ill. I could not find any statement
by him agreeing with his mother, but it's interesting, to say the least, that
Barbara Bush holds such a view.
Another insensitive aspect of this case was how
friends of the Bushes in that
Texas town treated young Robin in her final months - they wouldn't let their
kids near her, ignorantly fearing that leukemia was contagious.
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