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April 5, 2005

The Aftermath: Lessons from Terri Schiavo's Life and Death

Topics: Commentary

Sometimes it's best to just let the article speak for itself, and this is one of those ....

- BreakPoint, by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley
While the world's attention is focused on saying farewell to John Paul II, a great man who died peacefully last weekend, the world is finding no peace in what it has done to Terri Schiavo. The controversy over the decision of judges to starve her to death is not going away anytime soon--and that's a good thing.

Many commentators are suggesting that the legal fiasco surrounding Terri was foisted on us by Christian zealots. This view is totally untrue.

In fact, the most compelling argument for saving Terri was made, not by a Christian, but by Harriet McBryde Johnson, a disabled lawyer and self-professed atheist.

(...) First, she says, Terri Schiavo was not terminally ill. This case was not about "end-of-life" decision-making; it was about intentionally killing a disabled woman by denying her food and water.

(...) Second, Terri was not on life support. She was simply being fed through a tube. Is this method of feeding fundamentally different from feeding someone with a spoon? As Johnson puts it, "No matter how you answer that, it has nothing to do with whether a person should live or die."

(...) Third, Terri's case is not about a patient's right to refuse medical treatment--not, that is, unless we call eating and drinking "treatment." If we do, then all of us, every time we eat a meal, are acting to artificially extend our lives.

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cross posted at Hyscience

Posted by richard at April 5, 2005 10:40 PM

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I just read that John Paul II died in pain and unable to speak. The connections between him and Terri are getting too numerous to miss. I still have a sense of them as two witnesses, even though they may not be the ones spoken of in Revelations.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 6, 2005 12:49 AM

AUTHOR: that woman
EMAIL: angelrescue@hotmail.com
DATE: 04/06/2005 02:45:14 AM

Posted by: that woman at April 6, 2005 2:45 AM

Michael Schiavo: You are now alone, a defeated and deserted man. Felos used you to promote his pro-death agenda just as the players in 1973 used Jane Roe to accomplish their pro-death agenda. Felos has no further use for you now. He was able to hook you into his plan because of the evil inside you that resonated with the evil in him. Just as Jane Roe did, eventually you will wake up and realize you were used and what a horrible mistake you made. You will become sick with remorse. You are a weak and foolish man and you will never have peace.

Posted by: Anna_Nordin at April 6, 2005 11:37 AM

Actually, I don't think Felos is done with him yet. I'm sure he will want to use Michael's "loving story full of mercy" (gag) in his next book... don't you?

Posted by: Sirena at April 6, 2005 4:40 PM

just read that someone was charged for a threatening post against michael, in an aol message board.

Posted by: sujata at April 6, 2005 5:11 PM