Looking Back at Terri Schiavo 5 Years Later
It’s now 5 years since the death of Terri Schiavo and one wonders whether it is of value to remember another “Terri Schiavo Day Anniversary”. Though the political attention to Terri has faded and the legal battle of the case has been resolved , the name and the moral and ethical conflict still lingers on, particularly refueled by the recent publicity regarding the United States bishops and their revision of the Catholic Religious Directive #58 regarding hydration and nutrition and, of course, the health reform law recently passed and signed. I found three articles which give different perspectives as one looks back at the Terri Schiavo story.
Kathi Ruse writing in the Washington Times still feels that the America public were misguided if they really concluded, as indicated by the polls, that Terri should be allowed to die.
Reverend Jason Poling writing in the Baltimore Sun writes about being surprised that the same people who felt that the wishes of the Terri’s parents trumped the decision of the husband regarding Terri’s medical care were the ones who “ordinarily defend the traditional understanding of marriage--- people who in the course of pastoral ministry and teaching emphasize to couples (and their parents) the importance of 'leaving and cleaving,' , who encourage couples to work out their problems rather than running to their parents, who really do believe that the two become one.”
Finally, Matt Sedensky writing for the Associated Press comments that while the Terri Schiavo case brought to attention of the American public the necessity for people to write out their wishes for end of life care in an Advance Disrective, there was little change in the numbers of people filling out these forms (20-30%) comparing before and after her death.