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March 12, 2005


Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

(AGI) - Vatican City, Mar 11 - The Church strongly repeats its 'no' against euthanasia, this time with Mons. Elio Sgreccia, President of the Pontificia Accademia per la Vita, who makes a stand on the event involving the American Mrs Terri Schiavo, according to whom, on the local judge's order and on her husband's request, her gastric tube which keeps her living will be removed. On the radio program of One O Five Live, belonging to the Radio Vaticana, he said: "Even if it is not habitual of this Academy to interject supporting specific cases of human suffering or threats to life, Mrs Terri Schiavo's case goes beyond individual situations due to her exemplary character and the importance that the media have rightly attributed to it. Silence, in this case, could have been interpreted as approval, with consequences that could go greatly beyond the specific case". The American woman, according to Mons. Sgreccia "should be considered a living human, deprived of full conscience, whose juridical rights should be recognized, respected and defended". Without any half measures, Mons. Sgreccia observed that "the removal of the gastric probe from her, in these conditions, could be considered direct euthanasia, because it is an integral part of the way in which Mrs Terri Schiavo can be fed and hydrated.

Posted by Hyscience at March 12, 2005 6:51 PM

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