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June 29, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Autopsy Report and Flawed Conclusions

Topics: Commentary

Mary Worthington of The Revolution writes an interesting post on Terri Schiavo's autopsy report that calls into question conclusions based upon the physical state of Terri's brain at the time of her death.

Most importantly, Worthington asks, "[Did Terri's] condition warrant her unqualified for receiving nutrition and hydration through a tube?." Does a person's reduced capabilities justify purposefully dehydrating them death? Can individuals with disabilities be ethically euthanized by withholding the administration of water and food?

Worthington's answer is an unqualified "No". The implication of this answer is that the autopsy had no bearing on the ethical question of whether or not killing Terri Schiavo was justified.

Worthington also interviewed Suzanne and Michael Vitadamo, the sister and brother-in-law of Terri Schiavo, and gained insight into where the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation is headed. You can read about it here.

Cross-Posted: ProLifeBlogs.com

Posted by tim at June 29, 2005 10:59 PM

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I agree that there are plenty of reasons to criticize some aspects of the autopsy report. Also I believe that the autopsy does not in any way justify the starvation and dehydration to death of Terri (or any other disabled person)

Posted by: Maggie4life at July 2, 2005 2:43 PM

Mary Worthington made some very good points. She also has some good articles on abortion.

Posted by: Maggie4life at July 2, 2005 2:55 PM