(updated Saturday morning)
Last Friday afternoon, Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Terri’s parents, and hope appeared lost. But, as we learned that morning, unless you’re waiting for a shred of human decency to ooze from “right-to-kill” attorney George Felos, hope is never lost.
A House Committee issued a subpoena for Schiavo to testify before them. The subpoena means that no harm can be inflicted upon a person who has been called to testify (otherwise, we’re fair game). It also apparently means that a judge can ignore the subpoena, and order the tube removed anyway, which it has been.
What Terri’s husband and “guardian”, Michael Schiavo, is trying to accomplish by having the feeding tube removed to be nothing more than a really late term abortion of somebody else’s daughter. And, like so many abortions, it would appear that the reasons have nothing to do with anything but selfish personal wants.
Terri’s parents want her alive. Her husband, Michael, says Terri wouldn’t want to live like she’s living. I’m forced to agree– Terri’s been watching her husband have kids with another woman and spend her money in court trying to get her killed, so I don’t doubt for one second that she doesn’t want to live like that.
Why hasn’t Michael Schiavo divorced Terri, since he’s gone on to start another family with somebody else? You can answer that one for yourselves (hint: It’s a two syllable word starting with an “m” that visibly arouses Donald Trump). This motive shouldn’t be the deciding factor in determining whether or not somebody starves to death.
So here’s what it boils down to… Michael Schiavo says that he is only doing what Terri would “want”. Take that at face value for a moment. Michael Schiavo has had a girlfriend and two kids since this happened to Terri. Since he’s so concerned about what “she wants” would she “want” him to remain married to her while he’s having kids with another woman?
Michael Schiavo’s refusal to divorce Terri only makes him a “guardian” with an agenda. By the way, look at the definition(s) for “Guardian”:
1) One that guards, watches over, or protects.
2) Law. One who is legally responsible for the care and management of the person or property of an incompetent or a minor.
There’s got to be a better word to describe what Michael Schiavo is doing, because he is Terri’s “guardian” in the same way that a dog is “protecting” the fire hydrant.
Terri Schiavo’s parents have been, and will, care for her fully, and are expecting nothing from Michael other than that he go away and stop trying to kill off their daughter. Is that really too much to ask? People have even offered Michael Schiavo an awful lot of money to divorce Terri and let her parents care for her– But he can’t walk away now, or the cellophane like transparency of it all will mean that the gig is up for self-serving knaves and their slimey attorneys everywhere.
In the name of full disclosure, I can’t view this in a non-biased fashion, since I’ve had a daughter on a feeding tube. She was only three years old, and Terri Schiavo is 41, but your daughter is always your daughter, and you love them no more or less due to age. I can only imagine what I would have thought if somebody else– From a husband and “guardian” trying to preserve some money before it’s all spent on a wife he no longer sees, to a judge who never bothered to go see her for himself– told me I had to remove it. Suffice to say the words “over my dead body” would have been crocheted into every pillow and blanket in my house.
By the way, all that has been said and written about “keeping Terri alive with a feeding tube” or “forcing her to receive nutrition” is so bogus that Dan Rather is starting to look like a beacon of credibility. If somebody has a feeding tube and it’s their time to go, their body rejects what’s coming through the tube, as was the case with my daughter. One can’t “force” a dying person to stay alive with a feeding tube, which means it’s not a “drastic measure” and it’s certainly not “life support.”
Michael Schiavo says that Terri wouldn’t want to be kept alive artificially, though you’d think she’d want to just so she could have something in common with her husband.
There is no documentation of Terri Schiavo’s wishes regarding this situation, so the only way to be sure is to wait until the day that she can tell us herself. Miracles happen.