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Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Schiavo autopsy "vindication"

It was never about what medical science would eventually reveal about Terri Schiavo's condition. It wasn't about her brain, or even her mind. It was about her life, and whether to end it without clear and compelling evidence that this was or would have been her wish. Fact: Michael Schiavo only remembered Terri's "wish to die" seven years after she became bedridden in the condition we all witnessed, and after he had fathered children with a new woman. Fact: Terri's parents offered to assume responsibility for her care. Fact: Hospice employees and other witnesses submitted sworn affidavits to the effect that Terri showed signs of responsiveness. In light of those facts on the ground at the time — Terri was removed from nutrition and water and allowed to die in circumstances contrary to Humane Society regulations for putting down family pets. Hubert Humphrey said, "The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, the handicapped." No, it was never about what the autopsy would show us about Terri. It was always about what those final days would show us about ourselves. Who exactly feels "vindicated" today, and exactly why? News: autopsy report Previous posts: "Advice"