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Thursday, March 31, 2005
Terri Schiavo
by Cordeiro
According to CNN Radio, Terri Schiavo passed away this morning. Cause of death was a fatal dose of Michael Schiavo.

The past 14 days or so have featured nearly wall to wall coverage of the pending death of Terri Schiavo. The MSM has done its best to highlight the evident schism with in the conservative movement over the issue of whose decision it should be to terminate life sustaining care of another human being.

The public opinion polls suggest the American people are turned off by the attempts of the various branches of government interfering in what should be a family decision. In my humble opinion, most people (rightly or wrongly) just want this story to go away. Michael Schiavo has wanted this issue to go away for nearly 15 years.

Here's my take as to why people are so sensitive about this issue. It brings front and center the reality of our mortality, and especially the mortality of those whom we love and are responsible for. We know that, most likely, some day we will have to make a life or death decision for a loved one. Its not something we like to dwell on.

The issue is, dear reader, how we deal with deal is at least as important as how we deal with life. How we treat the needy and helpless among us does not go unnoticed.

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. - Matthew 25:40
Was not Terri Schiavo one of the least of us? What does that say about us?

I have a few things to say to Michael Schiavo, for I shall not write about him again. It wasn't enough for you to get rid of your inconvenient wife. You wouldn't even let her parents be with her at the moment of her passing. You, sir, have blown right past the Waste Of Skin And Breathable Air moniker, and catapulted yourself right over the Miserable Vomitous Mass stage. I have no term vile enough to describe you - none that I would feel comfortable publishing anyway.

Enjoy your "freedom", sir. You'll be surprised how much this will weigh on you.

Now I have one thing to say to the future spouses of my two beautiful children, here after referred to as Corderinho and Corderinha.

Dear Spouses, if you ever do anything remotely similar to my child - whose health and well being I shall entrust to you - he or she will find themselves suddenly and irreversibly single.

Here endeth the lesson.
3 Comment(s):
I agree with you about the personal family decision part. I don't know Michael Shiavo personally nor anything except what I read of the Shiavo court transcripts, but I think if he has the right (according to the courts) to have her feeding tube removed, he has the right to tell the parents to give him a chance alone after this media circus.

I appreciate the Shindlers' pain and understand that they must be very grief-stricken after over 15 years of this. But I have to ask their reasoning in involving Terry Randall and others as "spokespeople" for their cause. I also have in numerous interviews and their own legal pleas, rarely heard Terri's wishes mentioned. Instead, it was always their opinion and not necessarily what Terri wanted.

Having said all of that, if Terri did feel pain, I doubt she wanted starvation, but that is what happens when two opposing extremists clash, instead of finding common ground.

More of my humble opinion on this theprisoner6 opinion  

Posted by theprisoner6
The most overlooked part of the Shiavo case is the long lasting effect it may have on capital punishment.

Starting with Judge "Kevorkian" Greer and up through federal Judge Whittlemore, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, we now have a case where "death by dehydration/starvation" was not considered "cruel and unusual" . If anything, there was endless expression that this was quite "usual" and the clear expression that the Legislative and Executive branches should butt out. Even the ACLU didn't protest  this death.

Think of the effect on the State of Florida, that has been looking for a replacement for "old Sparky", the electrocution chair. Now they just stop feeding those convicted of capital crimes. Unlike electrocution, there is an extended period for reconsideration, something like 8 to 14 days. No need for those midnight calls by the Governor to save the innocent.

And best of all, it would be quite usual

Posted by Neo
Now they just stop feeding those convicted of capital crimes 

That's a bit much, don't you think? Comparing a convicted felon to a vegetative innocent? How do you know that Terri herself would have wanted to stay in that state longer than the 12 long years she did? 

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