The case of this women sparked one of the most intense legal, political, moral and ethical debates of the decade.
Who should decide if someone has the right to live or die?
Who really knows what’s going on inside a persons head? Are they in a vegatative state? Or are they perfectly aware of everything that’s happen, they are just incapable of any form of communication.
Terri passed away, March 31st. May she rest in peace.
There is a lot of information at the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation here: http://www.terrisfight.org
Euthanasia has always been a subject to draw discussion, usually the religious on one side, the rest on the other.
This can be defined as:
“The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment.”
In this case Terri wasn’t actually on life support, just only a feeding tube, and it was her husband who was battling to have the feeding stopped, which of course would end in her death.
This is where the argument came about, many people believed he had ulterior motives (she received a large settlement and he disappeared for some time) and there has been an ongoing legal battle..The whole thing has been going on since 1990.
A complete (Unbiased) timeline can be found HERE.
This story has been making the press for a long time, and I was going to post about it previously, as many other bloggers did..
Now the news begins, much of which can be found at Google News
There is a great article from the Guardian HERE.
What is your take on this? Would you prefer to have the tube pulled and let nature take it’s course, or hang on to whatever you can get and stretch it out?
If your elderly grandmother is in pain and suffering, but the medicine is keeping her alive, would you help her end it? Or would you let nature take it course?
It’s a difficult moral issue, much like abortion, and it always will be.