Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Terri's Law

The decision of the Supreme Court stated “our hearts can fully comprehend the grief so fully demonstrated by Theresa’s family members on this record”, and then went on to vote unanimously to strike down the law that allowed her feeding tube to be reinserted after her husband had it removed last year. Seems to me that their hearts couldn’t comprehend the grief at all.

Terri Schiavo, 40, suffered severe brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped due to an eating problem. Although she can breathe on her own, she needs a feeding tube to survive. Her husband argues that she would not have wished to be kept alive in this way and wants the tube to be removed and that she be allowed to die.

Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, rejected the proposal and alleged that their daughter might recover her faculties.

Here’s what’s odd to me… If her husband wants to be rid of her so badly, why not just remove himself as her guardian? He had plans to remarry, yet he wants control of this situation.

A bioethesist who has represented the Catholic Church offered this point of view:

“Might it not be the case, in fact, that some would prefer to see her dead?” he asked.

“King Solomon knew who the real mother of the child was when he saw that one of the women accepted his being cut in half, while the mother cried out that she preferred that he be given alive to the other woman,” Father Miranda added.

“Terri’s husband pursues obsessively his wife’s death (alleging, naturally, that he does so out of compassion for her). Terry’s parents are fighting to save her life. If only our judges would learn something of the wisdom of Solomon,” he concluded.


  1. Wow. There is a lot more we don’t agree on. When I heard the news of the courts decision, I remember thinking thank god that poor women can now die in peace. I was a little troubled by your claim “if he wants to get rid of her so bad” That is passing an awful lot of judgement on a person you have never met.I see the situation a little different. Your right. If he didn’t care for her any more he could just release guardianship. Maybe he had a very deep conversation with his wife long before the accident and he really does know her wishes. And he’s fighting for them.There are hundreds of personal opinions, wishes. and beliefs that only my wife knows. In tough situation I try to walk a mile in their shoes. Would you want your entire family voting on your fate? or would you perfer Char to make the decision. 14 years that women has been in that state of mind. I ask you, Is that any kind of life? Would you want to remain in that state. Unfortunately, Science spends a lot of time figuring out if it can do something and not too much time if it should. Her parents have to let her go. 30 years ago she would have died.Ironically, this inpired Chelsey and I to get our living wills together. I highly reccomend it. Don’t let the courts decide your faith. What you tell your spouse don’t matter unless it signed by a lawyer.tom gasta

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