Most of the people who would like to see Terri Schiavo starve to death would tell you it’s about “choice.”
From her no-good, low-life, poor-excuse-for-a-husband, Michael Schiavo, to that little puke of a county judge, George Greer, to those in the U.S. Senate, Florida Senate, U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial settings who have put their blessing on the legalized murder of this woman, they would all tell you it’s about “choice.”
Why, Terri’s choice, of course.
Her husband seems to remember a vague conversation he had with his wife in which she said she wouldn’t want to live like this.
Live like what? Were specifics discussed? Did Terri talk about feeding tubes? Or did she talk about respirators? The details all seem a bit fuzzy. And since Terri never bothered to write any of these thoughts down, we should assume they were fanciful, theoretical discussions – not the kind of talk upon which life-and-death decisions are made.
And then, of course, we must look at the only witness to this alleged discussion – Michael Schiavo.
Here’s a guy who has devoted his own life, for the last decade, to snuffing out Terri’s life.
It’s quite a calling.
While he said last week, at the occasion of pulling Terri’s feeding tube out of her for the third time, that he wanted to get on with his life, he certainly seems to have done a good job of that while Terri was still alive.
He managed to find a new honey, live with her for the last 10 years and raise two children with her.
And speaking of choices, I wonder how Terri would feel about that?
Can anyone honestly tell me that Terri would want her fate decided by a man living with another woman and raising children with her?
For the life of me, I cannot fathom how the state of Florida still views Schiavo as Terri’s legal husband. He is living in a common-law marriage with another woman. At the very least, he is a bigamist and, therefore, his marriage to Terri should be considered null and void and all future decisions about her welfare should be made by her parents.
One seldom-spoken truth of this case is that many closest to Terri believe in their hearts that her condition was caused by abuse by Michael. They may be right; they may be wrong. But since there has never been an investigation into the circumstances of the sudden loss of oxygen that led to her brain injury, it is wrong to allow a suspect in an attempted homicide to finish off his victim with the aid of the state.
And that gets us back to the issue of choice.
What would Terri want?
If that is really the key to this case, there is not a doubt in my mind that Terri would not want any of the following:
- a “husband” shacking up with another woman;
- a legal guardian who stands to gain financially at her death;
- to be starved to death before ever being given a chance at real rehabilitation.
If I were the judge in this case, I would call Michael Schiavo and his attorney into my chambers and tell them: “I’ll give you a choice: You can divorce this woman and turn guardianship over to her loving parents who clearly want to serve their daughter’s best interests, or you can pursue this death wish of yours in a higher court. If you choose the latter route, I will ask the district attorney to conduct a full investigation into the mysterious cause of Terri’s condition. I will also ask the district attorney and the news media to examine why Terri has been denied adequate care and efforts to treat her condition.”
That’s what a good judge would choose to do.
But we don’t have many of those left in America.
We’re not making such good choices any more.
So pray for Terri. Pray for another miracle in her life. And pray for our country – that we as a people come to our senses before plunging down this treacherously slippery slope of bad choices.