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Thursday, March 31, 2005

 

In Memoriam Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo is dead. She died a slow, agonizing death of starvation and dehydration.

Michael Schiavo-You are the worst kind of murderer. All you had to do was sign over guardianship of Terri to her parents, who would have given her the care she needed, and then you could have gone on living with the woman you had two kids with-while still married to Terri! Nobody would have complained. Instead, you killed your wife, because she was an inconvenience. I hope nobody ever finds you an inconvenience; a useless eater.

All the judges involved in this case-You are murderers. You condemned an innocent women to die by starvation and dehydration. You would not have sentenced a mass murderer to die this way. Why did Terri have to?

All the people who were arrested trying to give Terri water-You are heroes. You set aside the law, and did what was right. Anyone who disagrees with me is welcome to explain the moral principle under which it is wrong to give water to somebody dying of thirst.

The legislators who passed Terri’s Law-I commend you for attempting to reign in the judiciary. If nothing else, this case has shown me that the American judiciary has gone out of control. Too bad your efforts to rein it in came to naught.

Bob and Mary Schindler-You have my deepest sympathies.

What needs to be done to prevent more Terri Schiavos-If somebody becomes incapacitated, and doesn’t have a living will, the courts must presume that the person would want to live. Whoever wants to kill her should have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt (not the current “clear and convinving” standard) that the person would want to die. Let’s give the incapacitated at least as much benefit of the doubt as we give criminals.

That’s all I have to say. I am thoroughly disgusted by this case.


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