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March 21, 2005

Musings on the Terri Schiavo case

Topics: Press misrepresentations

- By Hyscience guest author, Troyounce
The same week Terry's ex husband is on television the same week a spouse and baby killer (Peterson) is handed down the death sentence by a California judge. If Peterson were the guardian of his wife and baby, Florida Judge Greer would let him execute his wife and baby legally.

In Minnesota, even if a guardian is appointed for another, the courts appoint a lawyer for the ward. Where is Terry's attorney and where are her interest’s being audibly raised before the courts? The battle isn’t Terry's family vs. the Husband. The third person needs to be heard from and that is Terry. Get her an attorney. This needs to be a federal law: that an attorney be appointed for the ward. Subpoena this court appointed attorney for Terry to speak to Congress. Subpoena those who under oath will testify to Michael Schiavo's distain for her well being and outright disgust for her dignity. Subpoena Michael Schiavo and ask him whether he has said those things about his wife while in hospice. Get him under oath to put forth the poppycock about Terry's father's intention to cut off her arms and limbs as a basis for his not giving Terry's mom the guardianship responsibility for her daughter. This is more important than steroids in baseball.

- By Hyscience guest author, Troyounce
The same week Terry's ex husband is on television the same week a spouse and baby killer (Peterson) is handed down the death sentence by a California judge. If Peterson were the guardian of his wife and baby, Florida Judge Greer would let him execute his wife and baby legally.

In Minnesota, even if a guardian is appointed for another, the courts appoint a lawyer for the ward. Where is Terry's attorney and where are her interest’s being audibly raised before the courts? The battle isn’t Terry's family vs. the Husband. The third person needs to be heard from and that is Terry. Get her an attorney. This needs to be a federal law: that an attorney be appointed for the ward. Subpoena this court appointed attorney for Terry to speak to Congress. Subpoena those who under oath will testify to Michael Schiavo's distain for her well being and outright disgust for her dignity. Subpoena Michael Schiavo and ask him whether he has said those things about his wife while in hospice. Get him under oath to put forth the poppycock about Terry's father's intention to cut off her arms and limbs as a basis for his not giving Terry's mom the guardianship responsibility for her daughter. This is more important than steroids in baseball.

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“As Terri Schiavo starves to death, it is time to alert more lawmakers to the truth: the wrong person is being ‘punished’ for Terri Schiavo’s current state,” says Carole Lieberman, M.D. a Board Certified Psychiatrist on the Clinical Faculty of UCLA. Having interviewed Terri’s father on her radio show (“Dr. Carole’s Couch” on voiceamerica.com), Dr. Lieberman uncovered the fact that Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo, fits the profile of a wife-abuser – the same profile that fit O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson.

Posted by: Joe at March 21, 2005 3:18 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7257835/

How can we possibly expect the public to support this cause with media such as the above link? I don't understand why they aren't reporting the facts.

Posted by: Amy at March 21, 2005 3:18 PM

Amy:

As a Republican I understand how the media isn't reporting things correctly. They only know how to hate Bush (everything is his fault, ahem), praise terrorists...the list goes on.

Thank goodness for the internet. I can at least get a modicum of the truth there.

Posted by: Ruth at March 21, 2005 3:21 PM

"“As Terri Schiavo starves to death, it is time to alert more lawmakers to the truth: the wrong person is being ‘punished’ for Terri Schiavo’s current state,” says Carole Lieberman"

Oh man, check out her website. Hilarious. Hey, how can the "multiple emmy-winning" psychiatrist that "America turns to for help coping with terrorism" be wrong? I know when I look for credibility, being an emmy-winner is high on the list.

Posted by: jpe at March 21, 2005 3:27 PM

The measure of any society is how it compassionately protects the infirm and less fortunate. In the case at hand, by inflicting a slow, horrible death on Terri Schiavo, society is depriving this poor soul of her humanity. It is also a reflection of how seriously we as a society believe in the individual worth and dignity of every human being.
>> http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=328

Posted by: AZ at March 21, 2005 3:32 PM

Amy, Amy, Amy... The MSM has the same agenda as the far left pro-death liberals. You should know that by now darlin'!

BTW, I've been listening to Hannity. He says that he's being flashed that there is a major announcement pending. Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Posted by: MoFiZiX Gr4FiX at March 21, 2005 3:33 PM

Ok...it's 2:30 central time. The court is in Tampa right...so it's in session. Here's hoping that very shortly we'll get a ruling and Terri can get her feeding tube reinserted.

Does anyone know whether she'll need surgery to put it back in? Can they rehydrate her via IV and some glucose?

Posted by: Ceci at March 21, 2005 3:34 PM

I think the news *might* be good. Please update me here as many of us are not able to access anything other than the internet currently.

Posted by: Ruth at March 21, 2005 3:37 PM

There's an ambulance standing by at the hospice waiting to take Terri to a nearby hospital to put the tube back in. It's supposed to be about a 90-minute surgery.

Curse Michael et al. for taking the port out, as well as the tube. If they hadn't done that, the hospice caretakers could have put it in on the spot.

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 3:40 PM

np Ruth;)

Posted by: MoFiZiX Gr4FiX at March 21, 2005 3:40 PM

Why in the world would the medical team remove the port in a case where there was a possibility that a court order would require the tube to be put back in? Why do people want Terri to die so badly? I'm stumped. Perhaps Michael was given the authority to demand it, but as free citizens the medical people can refuse to do something that's irrational.

Posted by: Ceci at March 21, 2005 3:45 PM

Ceci, yes Terri will need surgery to reinsert the tube. Hopefully, they would rehydrate her as quickly as is safe for her before they do the surgery. Surgery would be dangerous in her current physical state but IV fluids can quickly hydrate her. The coverage on MSNBC has been awful. Continue praying for Terri. I am really worried.

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 3:47 PM

Ceci, I'm sure that the fear of being sued has reduced those "free citizens" to a slave mentality. :-P

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 3:48 PM

Sandy, what's going on on M$NBC?

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 3:49 PM

Duh...thanks Mary. I had forgotten that. It does sometimes take a backbone to be free doesn't it.

Posted by: Ceci at March 21, 2005 3:50 PM

How can Michael Schiavo's authority as a husband supersede Terri's rights as a human being?

Posted by: lisa at March 21, 2005 3:50 PM

Can someone give the names of the doctors the court used to promote the husband's cause? I read somewhere they belonged to or associated with the Hemlock Society.

You should hear this MD expert being questioned on FOX's Shepherd Smith program about starvation and dehydration process. He says it is the most painful way to die if not for the potent pain killing medications that will relieve any of that worry! I can't believe we in the U.S. whose relatives risked their lives to prevent such a systematized way of killing to take over Europe, can just sit back over Big Macs and milkshakes, bloated beyond normal health, and join the mobs of excess as in Roman days, with our own thumbs up or thumbs down on Terri. Come Lord Jesus, God of Mercy but also Justice. Come soon.

Posted by: chris K at March 21, 2005 3:52 PM

lisa - I heard Rush make that point also. Good one!

Posted by: MoFiZiX Gr4FiX at March 21, 2005 3:52 PM

Mary, click on the link above - it says Schiavo recovery impossible. Quote "She is in a permanent vegetative state, and no one has ever come back from such a condition, according to the American Academy of Neurology." Their coverage has been very pro-death. I have written so many emails to them to at least have them present the real facts concerning her "husband".

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 3:52 PM

I think the media comments are right on. I have not heard a single one describe Terri as anything other than a breating corpse. I do not think the average american has a clue what is really happening. This would never have made the news this time if not for Bloggers.

Posted by: Ron in Lk Charles at March 21, 2005 3:54 PM

Oh my oh my oh my, this blog is just too funny.

I got a big kick out of Tress's comment on another post, that she had expected more of her congressman, but "it's OK. I've suffered through hopeless situations before."

LOL!!

As if this is about Tress and her precious agony.

Posted by: -asx- at March 21, 2005 3:55 PM

Mary, there is a guard in Terri's room. Since MS is her guardian and the judge ordered the tube out, the health care professionals have no choice. If they did otherwise, they would be arrested.

I find it very ironic that the evil child molester/murderer from Florida has guards stationed on a suicide watch while Terri has guards posted on a death watch.

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 3:55 PM

Thanks, Sandy.

Aaaarrgh...

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 3:55 PM

Ceci,

I think they probably pulled out the feeding tube, thinking they REALLY were going to get away with killing her this time.

Posted by: Sirena at March 21, 2005 3:58 PM

It's been an hour now and still no word.
AAAAGGGHHHHH!!!! The madness!!!!

Posted by: MoFiZiX Gr4FiX at March 21, 2005 3:59 PM

Has anyone else been watching Fox News. What is up with Shepherd Smith? For the very first time, I had to switch to CNN. There is no doubt he wants Terri dead, so much for fair and balanced news.

Posted by: Claudia at March 21, 2005 4:04 PM

Claudia - Tune in your local station (check http://hannity.com)or goto http://wabcradio.com and listen to Sean Hannity.

Posted by: MoFiZiX Gr4FiX at March 21, 2005 4:08 PM

What I find interesting is how most of you constantly disagree with the statements made by MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, most florida papers, and even statements made on FOX...and then link how you can find the "real" facts on such sites as "terrisfight.org", or this site itself. Does that strike anyone else as slightly...um..biased? I mean, silly me for viewing multiple news outlets, even a conservative one such as Fox and Fox News, and finding a consensus there...obviously they're all lying and completely biased...unlike such sites as terrisfight or blogsforterri...who would think that those two sites could be biased? That's impossible right?...considering their very names imply side-taking. Nah...I must be crazy. Nevermind.

Posted by: jason at March 21, 2005 4:10 PM

Claudia, I was shocked by what Shepard Smith just said. Oh, no - more misinformation right now on Cavuto. I don't understand why the basic facts are so hard for the media to get straight.

Posted by: Kim at March 21, 2005 4:11 PM

We have entered into ground that should be sacred. As humans I do not believe that God intended us to be superior over another to make the decision whether one is to die. I believe that God has given the medical society a means to continue life. Since an MRI and Brain Scans have not been allowed there is no evidence of the real condition of her brain. My prayers continually go to Terri's parents, sister and brother. May God's blessings be of confort to them throughout the days ahead. And with her husband my prayer is that God forgive him for what he has done to his legal wife.

Posted by: P.M. in TN. at March 21, 2005 4:14 PM

This has been ongoing for 15 years and the parents state with rehab she would make progress. How come they havent been asking for rehab all along. How come every doctor states she is brain dead and that her laugh, gestures etc are just reflexes of her condition. Why would they want her to have no brain function and live as just a shell. It seems that it has been through 15 or so courts/judges and that the parents are in denial and just want to be able to see her everyday for their selfish reasons and not for her well being. Let her die with dignity and not have her be made into a circus case. A life is not a life without a brain!

Posted by: diane at March 21, 2005 4:14 PM

Because she does have a brain (um, as does everyone) - and if you mean she's unresponsive all you have to do is look at the video clips. Simple as that.

Have you even bothered to do that? I suggest you do, and then make your opinion.

Some things really are that clear cut.

Posted by: Mo at March 21, 2005 4:17 PM

(Sorry for the run-on sentences - don't know how to get paragraphs)

I too have been frustrated by the media. Not because they are biased, but because they are not presenting all the facts - especially those concerning MS. The public is of course going to agree with MS when they don't hear all the facts.

Tell me, all those who post here that Terri should be allowed to die. Why do you want her to die so badly, enough to post on a site that is obviously for Terri? What do you have to gain if she dies?

I know for me, I believe in the sanctity of life, that God is the author of all life, and that to let a person die from dehyrdration and starvation is truly against God's laws, His commandments. A feeding tube is not a ventilator. Many kids/adults live with feeding tubes. Their lives are every bit as honorable and valuable as every other person on this earth. I am sickened to read people say her life has no value. Her parents WANT to take care of Terri for the rest of her natural life. Why is it so important to the media and to those who post for death - that her parents and family be denied that option????

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 4:19 PM

Diane, you really must read all the info before you post. Her parents have been fighting hard for Terri's rights and for rehab. HER HUSBAND HAS DENIED ANY TREATMENT WHATSOEVER - INCLUDING ANY TYPE OF ICE CHIPS, ETC. DURING THIS MOST RECENT TIME OF NO FEEDING TUBE. Why do you think this has been in the court system for so long. Her parents have had no say in her treatment!

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 4:21 PM

So does any one here consider quality of life?
Is Terri better off as a lizard? That is basically what her brain is capable of doing. Keeping her breathing, digesting food when it is crammed into her via a tube...
This must be the worst example of a bad excuse for forcing someone to stay living.
I also wonder, is Terri a Christian?
If she is, why are you all freaking out about this?
She is so close to her lord and eternal bliss.
All you are doing is preventing her from her loving lord's embrace in heaven.
In the name of Jesus please pull you head out of your ass!
Then you might see how hypocritical you are being.
Let the Body Die!

Posted by: liberaltreehugger at March 21, 2005 4:24 PM

Amen, Sandy. The deliberate blindness and seething hatred I have seen in this situation - even when confronted with the facts - has been utterly stunning.

I understand people quibbling over abortion, since you can't really see the baby. (Although with the new high tech pictures you certainly can. But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Yet here we have in front of us an adult woman with her eyes open and interacting as best she can with her environment and people are still going to sit here and say she's not alive.

Posted by: Mo at March 21, 2005 4:25 PM

liberaltreehugger, lets see you go without WATER and food for 10-20 days and then see what you think. Freaking out.. you betcha. You want to die that way?? You really think you have the right to define quality of life through Terri's eyes or her parents' eyes? Terri is Catholic - and all Catholics believe in the sanctity of life - all life. Terri has survived several near death bouts with pneumonia, without antibiotics! There's a strong will to live when something like that happens. I do not believe that Jesus thinks it is ok for Terri to die such a horrible, painful cruel death.

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 4:30 PM

You people are the most biased I have ever seen. The point is, Michael Schaivo has his side of the story, and the Schindler's have there side. Somewhere in the middle is the truth. If you really stop and think about it, would you want to put your family in this type of situation, where there is no hope that you will ever be able to care for yourself again??? If you are honest with yourself, no you would not. Terri has no quality of life. She does not think for herself. She cannot walk, she cannot speak. The "reaction" she has to her parents are merely normal reflexes, and should not be misinterpreted as signs of life. How horrible it must be for her to sit in a bed 24 hours a day and think and feel nothing. This blog and the terrisfight website are the most biased opinions out there right now.

And to the woman seeking the "truth" on the internet...GET REAL. The internet can be blamed most for mistruths and rumors being spread. Terri and other people like Terri should be allowed to die peacefully. Terri's parents are acting selfish. And one last thought...Who takes care of Terri when her parents are dead??? Really step back and think about it.

Posted by: Sarah at March 21, 2005 4:34 PM

ummm sarah, if according to you, she cannot think or feel anything - what difference would it make to you if she sits in a bed for 24 hours.

Interesting, how the videos show her in a chair. Interesting how her husband will not let her outside, have the curtains open, etc etc etc.

And for the 1,000 time - death by dehydration and starvation is NOT PEACEFUL. Why can you and others NOT UNDERSTAND THAT?????

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 4:39 PM

Sandy,

Stop being so selfsih and take a moment to really think about the situation. Put yourself in Terri's shoes.

And about the arguement that God would not want her to die...um God called for her 15 years ago when she had the heart attack. It's because of our infatuation of continuing life, regardless of the quality of that life, that she is still alive.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Posted by: Sarah at March 21, 2005 4:47 PM

Hey sarah. I'm thinking about it girl. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome/Autism and her life is every bit as valuable and honorable as yours. I know what it is like to take care of a child with a severe disability every day of my life. I love her more than words can say. She has made a difference in many people's life.

It is YOU who is being selfish. Why on earth do you care so much that Terri die a cruel and painful death? How does it effect you?

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 4:56 PM

One other thing Sarah - since you seem to think God called Terri home 15 years ago because of the infatuation of continuing life - does that mean if you were to have a serious illness or life and death crisis - that the doctors did NOT know what the outcome would be at that moment - you would refuse all medical treatment because God was calling you home. If you were to have a heart attack,pneumonia, or any other illness that medicine has found treatments for, would you refuse that treatment?

THINK ABOUT THAT!

Posted by: Sandy at March 21, 2005 5:03 PM

It affects all of us, especially when the government intervenes. At some point the sactity of living wills will come into question. I applaud you for having the strength to raise a child with Downs/Autism. Where she differs from Terri is that she eats and breaths and can even enjoy most aspects of live. Terri isn't enjoying anything. YOu have to admit that God called her 15 years ago. It was only through medicine that she still lives today, and that's not the kind of state any person would want to be in.

It takes strength to let go of a child. Not that I can really speak to that, since I don't have any, however I have seen family members suffer the loss of a child. It's not a fun thing, but it happens. We all die eventually. It is a natural process. To prolong life simply for the sake of it, was never our creator's intention. After 15 years, you would think the parents could have tried to make peace with this. It now appears the only way they will find peace is to let her go. I think God's will was to take her 15 years ago...you can't really argue that.

Posted by: Sarah at March 21, 2005 5:03 PM

Every person here who laments the lack of facts should take a gander at the corpse Shiavo's CAT scan. The dark areas you see there are where you would normally find the cerebral cortex. The reason it is dark in this area is now is because the cerebral cortex is gone and has been replaced by fluid. In other words, the organ that allows for the expression of Terri Schiavo's being is now absent. Barring an act of God resulting in the regrowth of this tissue (something that has never been witnessed by modern medicine), recovery, or even improvement, is an absurd fantasy.

Similarly, calls for people to examine "the video" for evidence of responsiveness should know the following: the widely disseminated video evidence is four minutes and 20 seconds culled from 4 1/2 hours of tape. With the exception of those explicitly advocating on behalf of of the Schindlers, everyone who has viewed in that video has agreed that her reactions are random and not responsive to stimuli. The edited version might be impressive, but a lot can be done in the editing room. I can show you videotape of David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty disappear, but I promise you that it didn't actually happen.

As much as many of you would like to argue otherwise, this isn't about protecting someone's life against those who feel that her life fails to meet some quality standard. Whoever Terri was, she is now gone. What remains is little more than a carcass. At that point, the state has no business in intervening except to determine who should function as her guardian. It has done so. Everything beyond this point is simply inappropriate meddling and shameless grandstanding. I can't believe anyone here would want the state intervening in such a personal decision in their own life. Given the facts in this case, why is it appropriate now?

Posted by: TTN at March 21, 2005 5:28 PM

TTN, CAT scans don't show soft tissue well enough to show cortical liquefaction if it is present. Terri needs an MRI scan. Why hasn't Michael allowed one?

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 5:36 PM

TTN cannot have said it any better. And CAT scans show the liquefaction of the upper parts of her frontal and parietal lobes. Let her die in peace

Posted by: Matthew Ottewell at March 21, 2005 5:38 PM

Mary -- are you a neurologist? Or is this something that you just read someplace? You are simply misinformed.

Posted by: TTN at March 21, 2005 5:38 PM

Sarah:

You don't have a CLUE about Terri's condition.

Please educate yourself:

"Medical Facts About Terri Schiavo"

http://www.blogsforterri.com/archives/2005/03/medical_facts_a.php#more

Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 5:48 PM

If I commit murder in the state of California I am looking at life in prison on death row. This is at the expense of the tax payers. I beleive in the death penaly for capital crimes. I beleive that a fetus should also have the right to life.If I put my sick dog out of it's misery I am looking at a court apearance for cruelty to animals follwed by jail time. It is sad that Terri's husband treats her with less respect as a living person than some folks treat a sick animal or a felon in prison. I am certain that Mr. Schiavo has more motavation for his actions that the well being of his estranged wife. That's correct this man got on with his own life and abandoned this poor woman a long time ago.

Posted by: Keith at March 21, 2005 5:54 PM

I can't believe people are coming on here and writing some of the things I'm reading.
Animals get treated better than this. If MS doesn't want to be bothered with Terri anymore, then divorce her and move on. She has already been denied treatment and other tests. Is he afraid she can get better and tell things he doesn't want known?
If A human denies a dog or horse, food or water they go to jail and the animal is taken into custody with the intent to be put in a more loving and humane home.
Let Terri go home to her parents.
Watching those videos does not convince me that she is unable to communicate. Those reactions are not reflexes. When she smiles at her Momma or sees the balloon she lights up. That is real and She is alive.
What is happening to People these days.....Soo Sad

Posted by: Rebelbykerbabe at March 21, 2005 5:58 PM

Many have commented that we do not treat animals like we are treating Terri, but I would like to note in passing that we do not sustain animals with feeding tubes for fifteen years either.

With respect to the suggestion that Michael let Terri go home with her parents, this is not a realistic option either. For better or worse, Judge Greer's order found that in her present condition, Terri would want to have life support removed. Consequently, it is irrelevant what her parents want (or what Michael wants for that matter). Given these findings, there is no one who may force her to continue on the tube.

Christians believe in the authority of civil government, and by inference believe that God granted Judge Greer the authority to consider the evidence and determine whether Terri desired that nutrition and hydration be removed in her present circumstances. Like it or not, the law of Florida gives a person in Terri’s condition the option to decline a feeding tube, a proposition I believe Christians, upon reflection, will accept as within the compass of God’s moral government.

The judge’s finding that Terri would want the feeding tube removed, whether it was correct or erroneous, has been thoroughly and vigorously challenged and upheld in the Florida and Federal courts. It cannot be seriously maintained that all those civil authorities that God has ordained to pass on these questions have not seriously reviewed these matters.

We, as Christians will not always agree with the conclusions of our judges. Our own theology teaches that because men are fallible, they will sometimes err. Consequently outcomes in some cases will be incorrect and, what's worse, incorrectible. If we maintained otherwise, we would have to contend that our legal system is infallible, a proposition that is neither theologically nor practically defensible.

In the system granted to us, God has not appointed our fallible Congress to correct the errors of our fallible judges.

So let us assume merely for the sake of argument that Terri’s case was wrongly decided. We will do well to leave this lost case to Providence rather than Congress. Content to entrust Terri to the Great Physician, she is safe in his care, whether in life or in death. She will not die if it is not time for her to leave us. We should consider that if God closed the mouths of the beasts when the law sentenced Daniel to the lion's den, He can protect Terri from death and suffering too. And when the Father forsook his Son to the Roman Procurator and to the law of the mob, death was in the end swallowed up in victory. Therefore we need not fear bad laws or bad legal decisions.

The problem with the intervention of Congress in this matter is that it is a precarious exercise of legislative power that fails to adequately take into account the sound theology that underlies the separation of powers fixed in our Federal Constitutional system. Consider this: the time may come when the majority may not hold the same view of a just outcome. Perhaps the majority of a future Congress will try to nullify a final state court order securing a feeding tube for a disabled person. It is the courts, not Congress, that by design protect us best from the coercive assertion of power by the majority. We should consider that a Congress intervening in a right to die case is just as likely to do so again, and in a way that tramples on our values. But if we invite the intervention in this case, how can we complain in other cases where we might not like the results?

Posted by: Jim at March 22, 2005 12:43 AM

When did death by starvation become peaceful?

Let's ask the death camp survivors how it feels. She feels pain. Why else would she need medication during her menstrual cycle?

Why not hand feed her (she can swallow) if you don't believe in "artificial" life support? She is capable of swallowing.

I wouldn't want an ex-husband making decisions regarding my care. It is a big stretch to claim he is holding to his marriage vows. His guardianship should be questioned. If she were a minor, people would be crying child abuse over her neglect and alleged mistreatment.

Most of these comments appear to be made by woefully uniformed individuals. Why don't you spend less time posting inane comments and more time reading the articles referenced in the posts or at www.terrisfight.org.

God help us all that we actually have to argue over whether someone should live.

Posted by: I hope. at March 22, 2005 12:50 AM

To the person who says I need to educate myself at this website, get real. This website is nothing more then a biased web page of many people who think they know what they are talking about. Every person has an opinion, however opinions are not facts. I'm not going to educate myself from someone else's opinion.

If I were in a coma and doctors said there was no hope, or if I were in a vegitative state, pull the plug. I do not want my family to go through 15 years of living on some sort of hope that I will respond. We have intervened in these people's lives enough. None of us know the "real" facts, as they have been muddled by public opinion. A CNN poll over the weekend indicated that 6 in 10 Americans feel the tube should remain removed. As a country, we should respect the wish of this man who would simply like to get over the death of his wife.

Terri's parents need to do the same thing. It is time for them mto start getting over it. It's horrible losing a child like this, but the fact is she is already gone. It's time for them to begin the healing process and let her go.

Posted by: Sarah at March 22, 2005 8:20 AM

Sarah,

Interesting that you wouldn't educate yourself based on anyone's opinions and then reference an opinion poll in your post. Oh I see... you agree with THAT opinion. True, there is much opinion being written, but there are many factual things as well. As to Michael wanting to get over the death of his wife, it seems he hasn't had any trouble doing that (and that does seem to be supported by the facts of his personal situation).

Posted by: CeCe at March 22, 2005 10:01 AM