I think everyone’s forgotten a basic fact here.
She’s not going to die (or cease movement, or whatever) the minute they pull the feeding tube.
SHE’S GOING TO STARVE TO DEATH.
My family went through this decision with my grandfather almost twenty years ago. He had a genetic disease that curled him up into a ball, but his brain was still functioning. At one point, however, he was so sick with pneumonia that the doctor spoke to my grandmother about stopping medical intervention and allowing nature to take it’s course as it were.
He then explained to my grandmother that when you pull the feeding tube, a person doesn’t just die. The body reacts like every other thing in the world when you pull main nourishment – it begins to eat itself. Your stomach hurts; your bones ache and you turn into those pictures we all winced about of starving African children in Somalia and elsewhere. Your body doesn’t know you want to die so it keeps on working and working, shutting down organs and devouring muscle and tissue to stay alive.
Meanwhile, the person is in a lot of pain. A LOT of pain. This isn’t like turning off a respirator and the lungs stop moving. You can live for up to TWO weeks in this state before your body gives up and you die.
We jail people who do this to animals. We spend millions on foreign aid to help starving children elsewhere. But we have no problems pulling a feeding tube and allowing a person, vegetable or not, coherent or not, alive or not, to literally starve to death before our very eyes.
Better to just take a gun and shoot her between the eyes – be faster and more efficient. Let her husband do it, since he seems to be all eager to help her “move on.”