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In Memory of Terri Schindler-Schiavo

Friday, March 31, 2006

Hope vs. Despair; Remebering Terri Schiavo

Fr. Robert Johansen, a very close friend of Terri's family, wrote the following article

March 31, 2006

"One year ago this week, Terri Schindler Schiavo died. She had been starved and dehydrated — at the request of her husband, and with the connivance of America's judiciary. The nation watched the tally of her days without food and water rise, and as the count grew higher, the ghoulish speculations began: How many days would she live? In defiance of common sense, we were treated to Orwellian Newspeak — from the husband, Michael Schiavo, and his attorney, George Felos — about the "peaceful," "quiet" "dying process" Terri was undergoing; she was simply going to "slip away." Some self-described bioethicists even rhapsodized about the "euphoric" nature of her death."

"Terri’s life, no longer worth living in the eyes of her husband and our judiciary, was ended because she no longer fit into any category of humanity that they were willing to recognize. Once she had been labeled a "vegetable," her life was deemed to be over; she was considered dead not when she drew her final breath, but from the moment when her brain activity no longer met a certain threshold of "normal" functioning. This belief was reflected on the tombstone her husband provided: It reads that she "departed this earth" on February 25, 1990, the date of her brain injury, not the day she actually died, one year ago March 31."

Read Fr. Robert's article here


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