Go read Sandy’s Schiavo Notes.
And in a related bit, House Majority Leader Tom Delay and his family in 1988 chose not to connect their father to dialysis machine after an accident and instead allowed him to die in peace. Tom Delay helped push through the extraordinary legislation trying to overturn the findings of Florida’s courts in the Schiavo case.
When his father’s kidneys failed, the DeLay family decided against connecting him to a dialysis machine. "Extraordinary measures to prolong life were not initiated," said his medical report, citing "agreement with the family’s wishes." His bedside chart carried the instruction: "Do not resuscitate."