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March 24, 2005

The whole Terri Schiavo story

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A reader's email brought this very well done summary of the Terri Schiavo story:

- WorldNetDaily
Major media organizations paint the pitched battle over the life of Terri Schiavo as a clear- cut debate between pro-life and right-to-die advocates, bankrolled by big money activist organizations on both sides. But the case of the 41-year-old brain-injured Florida woman is anything but clear cut.

The little-publicized nuances of her 15-year saga often get lost amid the smoldering, post-election political warfare reignited by the intervention of Congress on behalf of Terri. But as President Bush pointed out in a statement on Terri Schiavo, "there are serious questions and substantial doubts" in her case.

Chief among these doubts is whether the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube last Friday, which amounts to slow death by dehydration and starvation, reflects her wishes. There is no written directive from Terri Schiavo on the matter.

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Posted by richard at March 24, 2005 10:10 AM


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I stumbled across this blog site today while looking for information about the Terry Schiavo case. I remember hearing brief snippets about this controversial case throughout the past year, and heard this morning, while listening to the Howard Stern radio show, that her feeding tube had been removed. I wanted to know more about the case and what was going on so I did a search using her name at msn.com and found myself here. I am shocked that anyone can see this case in black and white. Can anyone "blogging" here imagine the grief that her husband, Michael, is feeling? How can you all be so righteous as to say whether he is right or wrong in his decision to remove the feeding tube? If someone is only alive by the grace of receiving food and water through a tube I have to say that I don't think that is really a life at all. And for all I remember of all that I was taught about God and being a good Christian (I was raised Lutheran in the Midwest), we are certainly not the ones to judge. Michael Shiavo knew his wife better than anyone else, a married couple shares a level of intimacy that no other relationship can match. This is a personal, family decision and our courts, and our government, and even all of us who agree and those of us who don't agree should stay firmly out of it. I saw a blog somewhere compare Michael Schiavo to Hitler, and really, whoever wrote that should be ashamed. This is about a brain-damaged woman, with no chance of rehabilitation, whose husband decided to remove her feeding tube after 15 long years of suffering and grieving and loss. I am sure that Mr. Schiavo has had many dark nights of the soul struggling with the decision, and seeking counsel from whatever God(s) he believes in. Who are we as complete strangers to cast any judgements on him in such a trying time? I realize that you may not post this now, as I could probably go locate a site that supports my identical point of view. I chose to read your blog, however, and to post here, because differing opinions help me to fully form mine. I hope then, that you will post this and know that I do not write any of this out of anger or cast any judgements on you - I just wanted to share and question and hopefully open your minds just a little. This is a very complicated matter, and there is not a single one of us who should believe that we have the final answer.

Posted by: LoverOfHumanity at March 24, 2005 12:31 PM