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June 16, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Autopsy “Conclusions”

 From WorldNetDaily:

The autopsy report concluding Terri Schiavo suffered no trauma prior to her collapse under disputed circumstances in 1990 has no bearing on the moral evaluation of the high-profile "right-to-die" case, stated clerics and leaders of faith-based groups responding to the findings.

The Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner in Florida yesterday concluded Schiavo's brain was about half of its expected size.

"This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons," said Jon Thogmartin at a news conference.

There are two facts of life I have come to realize: 1. Doctors will always pretend that they know more than they really do, and 2. There is no limit to the ability of the human mind to rationalize atrocities for the sake of convenience.

There is no way they can know that Terri didn't suffer, based on an autopsy. These people murdered her, and want to rationalize it away and go on with their lives. Picture the scene from Schindler's List where the German's in their nice clothes walked along ignoring the slow falling ash from the nearby extermination camp. Some even acted as if it were snow. This autopsy is no less ghastly.

From the Baptist Press:

Neurologist Stephen Milton said that persistent vegetative state is a clinical diagnosis and that the autopsy could not solve the debate over Schiavo's diagnosis. But he did say that there "was nothing in the autopsy that is inconsistent with persistent vegetative state."...

Bobby Schindler, Jr., Terri’s brother, said the autopsy report is little comfort to a family that wanted to take Terri home and care for her.

“We weren’t surprised the medical examiner said Terri’s brain was damaged,” Schindler told the Florida Baptist Witness after the autopsy report was released. “The fact that the medical examiner ruled out bulimia and ruled out a heart attack, without a doubt, adds more questions.”

Finding out why Terri collapsed will be even more elusive now, since only Terri and Michael knew what happened that night, Schindler said. “He killed a person that was disabled.”

The case, Schindler said, raised an important question: What happens to disabled people when they are no longer wanted?

“This goes back to the whole quality of life issue,” Schindler said. “Are we going to decide when it’s okay and not okay to kill people? This doesn’t change the fact that we are starving and dehydrating human beings to death.”

From LifeNews:

"Her physical injuries and disabilities never made her less of a person. No amount of brain injury ever justifies denying a person proper humane care. That includes food and water," said Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life.

“A person with a 'profoundly atrophied' brain needs profound care and love," he said. "Terri did not die from an atrophied brain. She died from an atrophy of compassion on the part of her estranged husband and those who helped him to have her deliberately killed.”

Anther thing to remember, is that in spite of the fact that hundreds of millions of people world-wide have witnessed Terri Schiavo tracking the movement of an object passed in front of her, the coroner had the arrogance to claim she was blind. I think it's pretty obvious who is blind.

I'd also like to add that as I read through the various posts across the blogosphere, I'm saddened to see so many “Gosh sheriff, I didn't know this'd actually be tough. I just joined the posse cuz I wanted to look like a hero. I wanna go home now,” type responses. It's easy to pretend Terri was brain dead (an invented term) and go on with your life, but the reason America is America is because a handful of people didn't go the easy route. They sacrificed for what they knew to be the right thing. The reason America will cease to be America is because too few of us are left that are willing to make sacrifices for what is right and too many are willing to pretend wrong is right. It was wrong to kill Terri Schiavo. It was wrong to allow it to happen when you had the power to stop it. Jeb and George Bush both still have to answer for their inaction. So do the rest of us.

Coverage: Captain's Quarters, Outside the Beltway (also here), La Shawn Barber, WizBang, Patterico, HyScience, Blogs for Terri, The Anchoress, The Wide Awakes, Original Musings, Media Culpa (also here), insignificant thoughts, Teknosis

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 16, 2005 07:01 AM

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Lack of a brain makes you less of a person. I'm sorry, that's the the plain fact.

What makes us human is a functioning brain. This is neccessarily a very wide definition, but Terri didn't have one. The parts of the brain that controlled cognitive functions and regulated the senses were gone, replaced by spinal fluid. This happened over a decade ago.

Hope is good, but false hope is not. The whole Sheivo thing was based on greed for money on Terri's parents'part and a false hope that the truth was a lie.

Posted by: ericl at June 16, 2005 07:57 AM

No, being human makes you human. Terri's parents were willing to forego any and all of the money if Michael would allow Terri to live -- how is that greed?

When we start putting conditions of the definition of human, then we've stepped into the vile shoes left vacant when Hitler was stopped.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at June 16, 2005 08:48 AM

Wow! That may have been a record for the invocation of Godwin's Law.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law)

Doctors know what parts of the brain process visual images. If those parts are gone (as in Terri) then you are unable to see (as in understand the images your retina takes in). It really is that simple.

Why is it that people are unable to admit that you were wrong in this case and that there was a woman who for all intents and purposes died 15 years ago?

Posted by: Cheeto at June 16, 2005 10:03 AM

Wow! That may have been a record for the invocation of Godwin's Law.

Godwin's Law only applies when the mention of Nazis or Hitler is unrelated to the subject at hand.

Classifying people as being less than human and therefore unworthy of life is in direct relation to Nazi policies. Nat Hentoff explains it much better than I can, and he's not what you would call a Bible thumping right wing nut.

Posted by: Sue Dohnim at June 16, 2005 10:44 AM

It's funny, a lot of people have tried to bring aspects of God and what is right into this situation with Sheivo. Well, the problem is - we have free will - we used that free will by administering medical science to interfere with this womans death, basically what we did by keeping her alive was a form of re-animation, we kept a corpse alive for 15 years, kept it nurished enough to in a sense freeze the body in mid death. They just don't want to face the fact that she died all of those years ago, they interceded her death and kept her corpse alive. I know it sounds awful, but it is awful, because that is what they did.

Posted by: Maria at June 22, 2005 09:12 AM

It's funny, a lot of people have tried to bring aspects of God and what is right into this situation with Sheivo. Well, the problem is - we have free will - we used that free will by administering medical science to interfere with this womans death, basically what we did by keeping her alive was a form of re-animation, we kept a corpse alive for 15 years, kept it nurished enough to in a sense freeze the body in mid death....

I'm sure all people who embrace evil have similar methods of rationalization. But pretending the woman we all clearly saw interacting with her surroundings, was an “animated corpse” makes you no less ghoulish than any other Nazi.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at June 22, 2005 02:28 PM

Hey: I do not believe Terri was totally blind as the people doing the autopsy said. The doctors in the hospital never said she may be blind when examining her and they certainly would have noticed that and put it in their report. Nobody ever even hinted that she might be blind before. Since they wouldn't allow an independent examiner to watch the autopsy and verify the accuracy of the autopsy report and the fact that they had to cremate the body right away you can throw that autopsy right out the window. The autopsy said Terri never had any broken bones yet x-rays of 1991 showed that she had many little broken bones before. I guess they knew they could say whatever they wanted to in the autopsy and nobody would ever find them out. Vern Abbas, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Posted by: Vern Abbas at June 23, 2005 12:26 AM

Some excellent points, Vern.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at June 23, 2005 08:55 AM

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