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February 25, 2005

Will They Starve a Woman Who May Be Able to Eat?

Topics: Medical Issues

Some of the nurses who have cared for Terri Schiavo have testified that they have given her juice on a rag and small mouthfuls of gelatin. A doctor has testified that there is reason to believe that she may be able to swallow food or be taught to do so. Michael Schiavo has not allowed Terri the doctor-recommended tests that would determine if she could take food orally or be taught to do so.

The implications of this are chilling. If the feeding tube is removed, will attempts be made to feed and hydrate Terri orally? If not, on what basis will oral food and water be denied?

Posted by dory at February 25, 2005 5:49 PM


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one only has to use his or her own conscience to know without any doubt that it is unreasonable under any circumstances to starve a person to death. It is easy to understand why it is universally agreed by rational beings that euthanasia should not be allowed in cases involving incompetent persons. I say, that if as a society we are to begin sanctioning the killing of persons without their explicit, consistent and continuing consent, let's start with the intentionally ignorant. Why I do believe just one of them is far more dangerous than all the disabled persons in the entire world.

Watch the videos. No one that has seen the videos can deny that Terri is purposefully alive and not become uncomfortable with the very THOUGHT of killing her. Watch the videos and ask yourself: could you do it? Could you walk into her room and kill her? Could you starve her to death? Terri is our Helen of Troy. Helen was rescued from an evil and powerful husband by a man who loved her. For that, an entire kingdom fought and sacrificed much to protect her because that was the right thing to do, and not only that but because to not do so and turn her over to be killed was wrong. Terri is OUR hope. The hope is that we can learn to love each other as we are loved. The hope that we are blessed with wise and understanding hearts that allow us, that compel us, to stand for what's right, not who's right. It's really not just about Terri's life, it's also about ours. This is a defining moment for all of us.

Posted by: territoo at February 25, 2005 11:34 PM

I saw a page that mentioned that in 2001, Terri's Brother showed up at the hospice to bty to feed her after the tube was removed. The floor nurse stopped him and notified authorities. The judge later made it clear that "that girl is to die."

Now, this is third hand and I don't know if it's true or not. If it is, then I'd say that the goal is to kill her pure and simple, attempts to allow her to live are not allowed.

Posted by: Ceci at February 26, 2005 8:21 AM

Will they try to feed her when the Gtube is removed? No. They have no intention of feeding her nor of giving her any water. Michael's guard even refused a tiny piece of the Eucharist when her priest was giving her last rites the last time, because it is 'food'.

No, if they were going to try it, they would try to see if she can tolerate eating pureed foods and thickened liquids even before the Gtube is removed, which is standard practice. In fact, Greer made sure last time that it was understood that he wanted no one feeding that woman... I believe that is almost a direct quote.

Posted by: WI Catholic at February 26, 2005 7:09 PM