Saturday, March 26, 2005

I'll Tell You When You're Dead

Dear friends of life,

As we fight the war for the life of Terri Schiavo, another travesty of the human spirit has made itself known to me. A young boy in Mississippi lies in a hospital bed fighting for his very existence. Little nine-year old Billy Sterling suffered a series of horrendous accidents recently. It appears he was thrown from the back of a speeding pickup truck (may the driver get the death penalty) into the Waxikootchie river, where he was swept over a dam to the rocks sixty feet below. Duck hunters in a blind near the falls thought the poor boy was a large goose flying down from the top of the falls and fired on him a number of times. Upon realizing their mistake, the hunters took their boat out into the water in an attempt to save the boy, only to run over the floating body several times. They had just managed to get the child’s limp body into the boat when they were rammed by a drunken jet ski operator, hurling Billy back into the raging water, where he was swept farther downstream and into a hydroelectric facility along the river. Workers rescued what was left of brave little Billy, but now, while Billy lies in his hospital bed, fighting the fight of his short life, his mother wants to pull the plug on his existence. Yes, he’s missing three limbs and half his head. Yes, he was declared clinically dead. And, yes, they have already removed some organs. But Billy lives…with the assistance of $500,000 worth of medical equipment. A life is a life, Dear Friends. We can’t let the Democrats kill one more human being, and mark my words; Billy’s mother is a card-carrying member of the liberal establishment for whom life is something to be thrown away on a whim. This is not “grandstanding” as liberals would have you believe, nor is it an attempt to play on your sympathies for money (although you may feel free to include a donation). We are fighting for the right to life. Every life is important, even if some wisenheimer doctor says you’re dead. I’m a doctor, and I have never said, “You’re dead” to anyone who wasn’t 100 percent dead. That’s the difference. Help us stop the culture of death.

Sincerely,

Senator Bill “Dr. Life” Frist, MD

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