Sunday, April 17, 2005

Another Florida judge, another feeding tube

You aren't going to believe this:

Judges: Feds Can Put Feeding Tube in Cuban
A judge cleared the way for federal officials to have a feeding tube inserted in a Cuban exile who is on a weekslong hunger strike to protest his detention as a suspected spy.

Juan Emilio Aboy was at Jackson Memorial Hospital's inmate ward, hospital spokeswoman Lorraine Nelson said Friday.

A day earlier, U.S. District Judge Paul Huck agreed with another judge's order to "involuntarily administer nutrients" to Aboy through a stomach or intravenous tube, and to restrain him if he attempts to remove it.

"The decision to not eat was his choice. A court order was issued allowing the U.S. Public Health Service to take any necessary precautions in the interest of his health," said Nina Pruneda, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.

So let's see if I've got this straight. If you're a mentally disabled person who cannot voluntarily swallow food, the courts do not have the authority to prevent your murder by ordering the reinsertion of your feeding tube. However, if you are a perfectly healthy person on a voluntary hunger strike, the courts suddenly have the authority to force you to eat through any means.

And you wonder why we conservatives keep saying that the courts in this country are screwed up.


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