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Friday, February 25, 2005

Judge allows Terri Schiavo's husband to kill her

So much for that "in sickness and in health" vow:
A judge gave Terri Schiavo's husband permission to remove the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube in three weeks, handing him a victory in his effort to carry out what he says were his wife's wishes not to be kept alive artificially. The ruling by Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer will allow the husband, Michael Schiavo, to order the tube removed at 1 p.m. on March 18. In the meantime, the woman's parents, who want her kept alive, are expected to ask another court to block the order from taking effect. The judge wrote that he was no longer comfortable granting delays in the long-running family feud, which has been going on for nearly seven years and has been waged in every level of Florida's court system. He said the case must end.
A judge, whose job it is to administer justice, will let this woman slowly starve to death because he's not comfortable. I was torn on this issue until recently, because the news accounts portray Terri as a completely brain-dead vegetable, totally unresponsive to the world around her. You get the impression that she has no cognitive function, and that keeping her alive would almost be cruel. Well, watch these videos, then see if you can justify Terri's death sentence.

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