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The Schiavo family has jumped on board in this case with a letter from the father. However there is a difference established by three court sentences. In the Schiavo case it was the will of her husband as opposed to that of the family. According to news reports it was not a question of Terry's will or her possible biological testament.

In this case the courts- all the way to the highest courts- have accepted as true that Eluana had often voiced that she would not accept life-prolonging therapies were she to be in an irreversible coma. Therefore the courts have ruled that her will is to be executed.

The Englaro family has been conducting a legal battle since 1999 over the case and it is only in this last  minute dash that the government has cynically decided to exploit the case not only at the behest of the foreign Vatican state but for reasons that have nothing to do with the case. Further the Englaro family wrote letters to the highest political and institutional authorities four years ago beseeching them to make a law on biological testaments.

Berlusconi denied ever having received the letter. Today la Repubblica published the letter written four years ago to Mr. Berlusconi and then-President Ciampi. Ciampi answered the letter, Berlusconi ignored it.

The problem of biological testaments has been in public view for years. It is only now in a moment of maximum emotional tension does the government decide to exploit the case to its own ends.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Feb 9th, 2009 at 04:45:52 AM EST
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