There are a lot of things worse than death. Fifteen years in a comatose state with a body sustained by machines is one of them. I try to live with a clear conscience in relation to God, so death holds no fear for me.
On the other hand, I can understand the reluctance of some to pull the plug. A glance at Baptist Press will show that Southern Baptists have been on a frenzy supporting Tom DeLay and those who are working to prolong Terri Schiavo's death. Those whose conscience in relation to God is troubled may have deep reasons for enacting laws to assure that technology postpones face-to-face relations with God for as long as possible.
Considering the way Southern Baptists have mistreated their moderate educators and missionaries and their women called to ministry, they need as much time as they can get to repent, confess their sins, and make amends. Still, time is running out.