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March 03, 2005

Two pieces on Terri Schiavo

From the Daily Princetonian:

A week after a Florida judge ruled that Terri Schiavo's feeding tube could be removed, her brother said that allowing her to die would put the United States on the path to Holocaust-style cruelties.

"What is the difference between what happened 60 years ago and what's happening today?" Bobby Schindler asked Wednesday before a crowd in McCosh 10. "What can possibly be crueler than allowing someone to endure a long and painful death because society doesn't want to pay for them or thinks they have no quality of life? As soon as we establish a criteria for starving people to death, we are establishing a second class of people."

Schindler called the conflict "a cultural battle between life and death" that affects the rights of the elderly and the disabled.

From an opinion piece by Joshua Dwyer in the Texas A&M Battalion:

...the fact is Michael gave up on his wife years ago. According to CNN, he openly admits to fathering at least one child with his current girlfriend, and there are numerous reports that he has had other girlfriends, all while maintaining his legally married status. Obviously, he has no real intention of acting in Terri's best interest, or he would not have betrayed her in such a way.

After pleading before a medical malpractice jury that he would take care of his wife for as long as she lived in fulfillment of his marriage vows, Michael was awarded money to pay for Terri's medical care and rehabilitation. He has since spent most of it on attorney's fees and court costs in attempts to end her life.

Wesley Smith, attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, wrote that both Michael Schiavo and the judge presiding over Terri's case, George Greer, have failed to comply with Florida state laws regarding the actions of a legal guardian. Michael has repeatedly ignored the requirement to file a plan for her care and the judge has allowed him to remain as Terri's guardian despite the legal mandate. "This means Michael has no legal authority over her," Smith said.

Take the time to read both pieces in their entirety.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 3, 2005 09:42 AM

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