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Ruling on Terri's Life: Are courts encroaching on the right to live?

Doug Bandow

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The world has moved on since the caseof Terri Schiavo, whose husband sought to remove the feeding tube that kept her alive, briefly grabbed public attention last fall. But Terri's life remains at risk.

Michael Schaivo, her parents, the state of Florida, and advocacy groups continue to fight over her future. She keeps losing where it seems tomatter most -- in court.

As Schindler attorney Pat Anderson has told Wesley J. Smith, most court decisions seem to follow "The Rule of Terri's Case." Explains Anderson: "If following a legal procedure will likely result in Terri dying, it will be adhered to. But if a procedure could make that outcome more difficult to attain, it will not be followed."

It is easy to look at Terri Schiavo and ask, who wants to live like that? But David Jayne, who lives only through use of a ventilator, says that "I'm very passionate about the Terri Schindler-Schiavo issue, because I live it." He explains that before contracting ALS he couldn't have imagined living under such circumstances, but that I "still find meaning in life." He warns: "It is incredibly wrong for society to decide who lives or dies based on their opinions of what level of quality of life is worth living."

Read the entire article on the National Review Online website.

Posted: 4/15/04



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