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March 29, 2006

Terri Schiavo-- Enduring Questions

Topics: Euthanasia

If the sad case of Terri Schiavo has demonstrated anything, it has pointed to a horrible set of legal precedents and court decisions. The courts have increasingly identified a "right to die" as a matter of legal protection and, in some cases, of constitutional right. In so doing, the courts have put themselves into inevitable conflict with larger moral questions.

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its infamous Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion in 1973, it based its decision on a medical structure of pregnancy trimesters that is now thoroughly out of date and should have been discredited from the start. Similarly, in its 1990 decision, Cruzan v. Director, the Court determined that hydration and food were forms of medical treatment that could be denied, either by the patient or by the patient's legal agent. These precedents set the stage for the tragedy experienced by Terri Schiavo.

Amazingly enough, those pushing for Terri Schiavo's death now champion her case as a triumph of "judicial supremacy." A myriad of commentators, political analysts, and editorialists have suggested that, in Terri Schiavo's case, the courts were a bulwark of sanity, process, and the avoidance of political considerations. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, the courts were deeply imbedded in a political process, and the refusal of a U.S. federal judge to follow the clear will of Congress and the President constitutes a threat to the separation of powers.

Read the rest by R. Albert Mohler (one year ago)

Posted by tim at March 29, 2006 11:49 PM


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It has nothing to do with right to die..Terri's case has to do with severe injustice and abuse.
Evidences were purposefully ignored, laws were broken by judges and lawyers and a murder occurred in a lengthy most harsh way. With the purposefully ignoring of a pile of evidence contradicting Michael's and Felos sayings and a louzy judge who I observed could not give a hoot
what the parents and governments side was bringing in or pleading for. Not only was the abuse on Terri tremendous but the emotional abuse they brought on with playing with the parents and sibblings who never knew if they were able to see their loved one or not..depending on Michael's louzy moods, Having witnessed multiple times
how they were turned away from seeing Terri and also being falsely accused.. Terri was murdered , plain and simple in the most horrific way by dehydration..painfully slow for she was so healthy. The media were a bunch of hyenas wanting to hear and see only untrue and obnoxious things even trying to hitch us up to go after Felos so they had something interesting to shoot.. They trived on any incident they could find and make it look like only a bunch of nuts were in front of the butchershop oops I mean hospice Woodside.
Beside just a few ignoramous and some came from Michael's side to try to rile us up ..most people and even the children were well behaved and praying, singing hymns and sometimes trying to convince the media about the truth.. Sadly most of the media did not wanted the truth. I hope that many will buy the Schindler's book and look up the evidences that are mentioned in the book.
Hope they are still on their webside..it gives a clear picture that Terri was not PVS, neither
comatose.. also proof that Terri was abused see the bone scans read the affidavits of the nurses
from the nursinghome. Terri's parents are honest humble people who just wanted their daughter back.. By having talked with them multiple times and being able to observe them ..I realized that they were a most remarkable people and very caring...they did not wanted all this stuff all they wanted was their loved one..no more - no less. I have a lot to learn from them..Jesus said blessed are the meek...they are..so may they be blessed abundantly. Please I absolutely recomment the book their honest account will touch your heart. A witness of the horror in Pinellas Park Woodside hospice. ddh

Posted by: dominique at March 30, 2006 5:08 AM

"right to die" - and in Christianity (and Western Civilization) there is no right to die. It is and always has been immoral to end another person's or your own life.

Posted by: tim at March 30, 2006 5:25 AM