WWW Opinion Times

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Terri Schiavo: Urgent Action Needed

Read various posts on the Terri Schiavo issue at Blogs for Terri Schiavo to find out the latest news being reported around the blogsphere.

I quote Logicus bLogicus regarding the Terri Schiavo case
"Tomorrow (Feb. 22), at 1 pm est, Terri Schiavo's husband will have the legal ability to withhold food and water from her. Although he claims she is in a vegetative state, Terri recognizes and responds to others and makes attempts to verbally communicate. Twelve medical experts, nurses who cared for her, family members and, recently, a Catholic Priest, confirmed these facts. Health care workers have testified under oath that she uses several words.

Terri is not on life support but does need someone to feed her through a removable tube which experts testify would not be needed if she were given therapy. This assisted feeding is a natural means of preserving life and not a medical act of life support.

Terri is a person with disabilities who thinks and expresses her moods and desires. She is loved by her family and responds to their visits with smiles and laughter."

Look at this video of Terri. (RealPlayer feed) This seems conclusive evidence that she is alive and aware of what is around her. This is hardly a "vegetative" state.

Here is a full account of the history behind the Terri Schiavo case.

Urgent help is needed today. Many prayers and petitions need to be made on Terri's behalf and on behalf of her parents who are suffering under this tremendously difficult event for them. They may lose their daughter unnecessarily.

This would be the first time to my knowledge that someone will be killed by the state because a person brought a cause of action stating the person was an inconvenience.

Comment if you know of other similar situations.


LaShawn Barber has an update here on a 24 hour stay on the removal of the feeding tube.

News report at CNN.

More news--stay given by the court.