June 29, 2005
Terri Schiavo's Autopsy Report and Flawed ConclusionsTopics: 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.
Posted by tim at June 29, 2005 10:59 PM
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