For me, the intense drama, Herculean legal action and international attention focused on one woman, Terry Schiavo, in an incapacitated state for 15 of her 41 years (doctors appointed by Florida courts to examine Schiavo say "persistent vegetative state," other physicians have questioned that diagnosis - nothing in this case is without rancor and contention), reminds me that ultimately we are a nation — and a government — of individuals, that every life truly does count, and that people of good will can intensely disagree over matters of conscience.
U.S. District Court Judge James D. Whittemore scheduled a hearing for the afternoon of March 21 in Tampa on a motion for a temporary restraining order filed by the parents of Terri Schiavo against her husband, a state judge and the hospice in which she lies incapacitated, seeking to have Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted while the federal court considers the case.
The motion was filed in accordance with a new federal law (approved 203 to 58 by the House at 12:42 a.m. March 21 and rushed to Bush, who signed the bill into law at 1:11 a.m., saying, "I will continue to stand on the side of those defending life for all Americans, including those with disabilities"), whereby Congress gave jurisdiction over the case — this specific case only — to federal courts.
A Florida state court had ordered the tube removed March 18, agreeing with the claim by the woman's husband, Michael Schiavo, that he was honoring her wish not to be kept alive under such circumstances.
All subsequent appeals have been for naught - the feeding tube was not reinserted and she died March 31.
My personal opinion on the matter is that it just didn't seem right to let the woman starve to death, especially when her parents and siblings opposed such a "remedy," and it was costing the family nothing to keep her alive. And of course the appropriateness of the legislative and executive branches of the Federal government taking up THIS ONE CASE is a matter of intense debate as well.
Below is our ongoing coverage of the drama, dating back to last year:
Terri Schiavo and the end of decency
This news is more than a week old, but family matters and work responsibilities prevented me from blogging at a more appropriate time on the subject of Terri Schiavo.So, onwards ...The whole affair surrounding Terri Schiavo concerned a Gestapo-like mindset:...
Posted to Politics by Mark Edward Manning on April 10, 2005 08:03 PM
Intellectual Honesty is for Suckers
The GOP Terri Schiavo memo really doesn't tell us much. It just adds to the deafening roar.
Posted to Politics by Pete Blackwell on April 8, 2005 10:43 AM