Schiavo Case: Beyond Compassion, Beyond Ethics, Beyond Law
Here is today's story from AP News - from Tampa Bay Online: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court refused on Monday [January 24, 2005] to step in and keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube, all but ending a long-running right-to-die battle pitting her husband against her parents.
It was the second time the Supreme Court dodged the politically charged case from Florida, where Republican Gov. Jeb Bush successfully lobbied the Legislature to pass a law to keep 41-year-old Terri Schiavo on life support.
The decision was criticized as 'judicial homicide' by Mrs. Schiavo's father, Robert Schindler, but applauded by her husband, Michael Schiavo, who contends his wife never wanted to be kept alive artificially."
I think this case has gone beyond consideration and compassion for the emotions of the family. It has gone beyond the legal decisions by the courts. It has gone beyond all ethical principles. The behavior of the family, after all the legal and ethical decisions were made to allow patient autonomy through the substituted judgment of a legal surrogate, the husband, appears to be solely in the family's own self-interest. And this behavior is wrong. Hopefully, with today's decision of the Supreme Court, the appropriate. ethical and legal conclusion of the case is soon to occur. ..Maurice.