The Terri Schiavo case matters to me because it’s related to the sanctity of life. Who has the right to take life, and under what circumstances?
My concern is that Terri may be more alive than many patients who we would never think of killing. Consider this information I received in e-mail from the Family Research Council:
Terri Communicates . . .
Over the weekend there was significant movement in the effort to keep Terri Schiavo alive. Breaking news included an audiotape of Terri and her father communicating last Friday, which is posted on FRC’s website. Listening to the audio, you can plainly hear Terri respond to her father’s questions, definitely aware of her father’s presence and queries. As the case of Terri Schiavo grips the nation there is still a large amount of ignorance regarding her condition. Major news outlets report Terri as being in a coma, on life support, or worse – brain dead. None of these claims are true; she is awake and aware. Terri is not on life support, but merely a feeding tube. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, and his attorney, George Felos, have refused to allow Terri to have any therapy. In fact, they have even refused Terri an MRI, a non-invasive brain scan. Since Terri’s brain injury numerous medical professionals have testified that Terri is alive and aware, yet the judge in the case refuses to even allow relevant medical tests. Instead he issued an order to put Terri to death in one of the cruelest ways possible – by dehydration and starvation. While Mr. Schiavo and Attorney Felos would like people to believe Terri will die peacefully, the facts speak for themselves. The human body suffers from extreme lack of food. The mouth dries out while the tongue swells up and begins to crack. The eyes sink back into their sockets, giving the person a skeletal effect. When the stomach lining dries out, dry heaves can occur. The major organs fail, resulting in death. This death can take anywhere from two to three weeks.
I have little respect for the predominately atheist and ultra-liberal judges courts in this country. Some of them seem more interested in advancing their social agenda than in following the law. Is this what’s happening with Terri’s case? The Marxist agenda, so akin to the eugenics of Nazi Germany, is to have the State rule supreme on matters of life and death. The ideal State in their view must have the power to eliminate the unwanted, the inconvenient, the unproductive, and the uncooperative. That includes the unborn as well as the born.