Compiled by Philip Fortune from the Internet
Florida law clearly gives Michael Schiavo the right to make the decision to remove his wife's feeding tubes, which were sustaining her life.
In 1999 George W. Bush, then Governor of Texas, signed a similar law allowing patients deemed unsalvageable by the hospital to be removed from ventilators and other medical apparatus.
This law was used recently on Sun Hudson, an African American, who was born with a genetic disorder and was sustained by machines from the day of his birth. The Texas hospital housing him decided there was no point in sustaining his care, and five-month-old Sun Hudson was removed from his life-sustaining machines.
Terry Schiavo did not want to have her body kept alive if her mind, that which makes her a person, was dead. Her husband had to choose between allowing Terry's parents to continue keeping her body alive, or allowing her body to die. Either way had no meaning to Terry. She, as a person was already dead.
The controversy has more to do with Terry's husband and her parents and of course all the other hypocrites and religionists out there who want to impose their spiritual and moral values on the rest of us.
Precedent has already been set and the courts ruled that her express wishes, as discovered through numerous witnesses and lengthy hearings, should be respected. I think that was the best compromise. There was no outrage with Sun Hudson the same must now apply to Terry Schiavo.
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