Politicians Making Ethics Decisions

Can someone explain to me why some politicians feel that it’s their place to make the decision in cases like this?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 21 — Six days after the feeding tube of a brain-damaged woman was removed in a case that pitted her husband against her parents, Gov. Jeb Bush ordered it reinserted on Tuesday after the Legislature empowered him to do so. The extraordinary step overrides years of court rulings… [Her husband,] Mr. Schiavo has sought the removal of his wife’s feeding tube since 1998, testifying that she told him she would never want to be kept alive artificially.

I honestly don’t understand why this decision is anyone’s business but the family’s. Or why politicians feel that they understand ethics better than other people. Anyone care to explain it to me?


p.s. You can add this to the Libertarians for Dean list.