Marlowe's Shade

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Blogburst for Terri: The Business of Death

The numerous conflicts of interest in the Terri Schiavo case parallel the situation of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL being allowed to "counsel" women on their decision and then being paid for the services. The abortion industry has proved to be very profitable but it isn't really a growth industry due to the "Roe Effect". By aborting more of their children than their opponents, abortion supporters are also decreasing the potential market for abortions in the next generation. Cigarette manufacturers can sympathize.

But apparently hospices are a booming business, now that is is covered by Medicare. I don't know how hospices are regulated, but if a pro-euthanasia champion can serve on the board, as Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos does at Suncoast where Terri is being held, then that opens up some entirely new business opportunities.

A cynical investor or abortion clinic operator might see a whole new market in aging baby boomers and other invalids whose families no longer want to care for them. For an amoral entrepreneur, all that would stand in the way of this lucrative business is getting together a great PR campaign to market this as a compassionate "choice" [sound familiar?] and a few legal precedents by a sympathetic judiciary.

The problem is that George Felos is way ahead of you.
papijoe 5:41 AM