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March 17, 2005

Cruel and unusual punishment: the starving of Terri Schiavo

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

By Stephen G. Peroutka of Renew America

Nothing is more important to the pro-life movement than the story of Terri Schiavo, the unfortunate young woman who suffered a brain injury some 15 years ago, and basically is on "death row" in Florida. As it stands now, Mrs. Schiavo has been given a death sentence for Friday, March 18, by Judge George Greer, who has mandated that Schiavo's estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, may order her feeding tube permanently removed on that date.

Terri Schiavo, however, is not a dying woman. Terri is a healthy woman with a disability. She is not in a coma. She is not in a vegetative state. She is not on life support machines. She is, in fact, very responsive to her parents and loved ones. Terri does not require a ventilator--she breathes on her own--and she does not require a heart machine--her heart beats strongly.

What Terri does require to live is food and hydration--just like you and me. But because of her disability, Terri receives her nutrition through a feeding tube that is only attached at mealtime. Despite this and the fact that Terri's family will gladly care for her needs for the rest of her natural life, her estranged husband--who cohabitates with another woman and the two children he fathered since Terri's accident--is determined to see Terri die from starvation and dehydration.

The virtually complete silence from women's and victims' rights activists--particularly in a society that claims to abhor spousal abuse--is mind boggling. Where is the National Organization for Women? Why haven't they condemned Michael Schiavo as a philandering pig who has fathered two children to a mistress while Terri--the woman he is married to--is denied her most basic civil and human rights?

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Posted by Hyscience at March 17, 2005 10:07 AM

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