Friday, March 25, 2005

Terri Schiavo: Tragedy and Travesty

This case continues to perplex me for many different reasons. However, with the Easter weekend upon us, company coming for a visit this afternoon, and other factors, I just am unable to address much on the site today.

However, the following issues are begging for thought and discussion, so I throw them out for your perusal, and will deal with them as soon as I can.

Guardianship – No person ought to have as their legal guardian a person who is not thoroughly committed to their wellbeing. We would not want that situation to exist in the case of children, and we should no allow it to exist in the case of someone like Terri Schiavo.

Her condition – Terri’s condition appears to be that she is severly brain damaged, although I saw no concrete evidence of that until Friday, March 25, 2005. There still is conflicting opinion on her condition previous to her treatment being stopped by her legal guardian in 1992 and 1993.

Judge Greer, et al – It is not at all clear that this judge did not act improperly by ignoring information that should have changed important elements of Terri Schiavo’s case, in terms of her condition, whether Michael Schiavo disqualified himself as a proper guardian by his obvious abandonment of Terri, and other such issues.

Legal versus Legislative – It is a sad state of affairs when judges, most of whom are not elected, have the final say in a case like Terri Schiavo’s where her guardian wants her to die and her mother, father and other family members do not, and are further willing and eager to take care of her.


Unknown said...

I am definitely seeing your point of view.

With my son... if he were married and had an accident of this type... and his wife went off and had kids, etc...

Would I want her to make decisions about his mortality.

No. No. No.

To, at a basic visceral level, there is something terribly wrong with that.

Rebecca DeVendra said...

This is scary, I'm scared. Freedom is being choked by the courts..

JL Pagano said...

Allow me to flip it around, kbb.

What if it was your only son and it was his wife that was incapacitated for several years?

Would you want him to embark on a 24/7 vigil by his wife's bedside and keep his life on hold for the duration?

What if he claims she told him she would rather die than be in this state? Would you believe him?

This may be hard to believe, but there are a lot of things people tell their spouses before they ever dream of telling their parents.

THEN you find half the country is calling you and your family murderers. How do you feel then?

Unknown said...

Yeah, I go from one extreme to the other...

It's kind of hard to find middle ground on this one.