Today is the anniversary of the death of Theresa Marie Schiavo. Terri Schiavo masses away on March 31, 2005 in a Florida hospice after her 14 day battle against starvation and dehydration after being taken off her feeding tube. God continue to rest her soul and have mercy on all of us.
For those who were not with Scared Monkeys from the outset, the Terri Schiavo life and death tug-o-war was the story that put Scared Monkeys on the blogging map. I know many think it was the disappearance of Natalee Holloway; however, that was not the case. Before Scared Monkeys wanted “Justice for Natalee”, we fought to help keep Terri alive and covered the events that sadly eventually led to Terri Schiavo’s passing. We believed as did President George W. Bush commented in his statement that, “where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life”.
The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues. Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected – and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.
Sadly we posted, ‘STRIKE 3, 11th Circuit Court Rejects Schiavo Appeal’ … “It looks like the last flicker of a hope has gone” that was picked up by CNN and broadcast on the TV program, Inside the Blogs. As stated at Blogs for Terri on the 6 year anniversary of Terri’s passing … despite the intervention from Florida Legislature, Gov. Jeb Bush, Congress and President George W. Bush, the courts picked death over life.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge George Greer’s latest death order concluded an 11-year tug of war over Schiavo’s life waged by divided family members, and came despite the unprecedented intervention of first the Florida Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush, and then Congress and President George W. Bush.
Hardly a day goes by that I do not think about a US Court decision that chose the death of a US citizen over life. It is a haunting and uneasy feeling that such a decision was made without any consent or feedback from the victim of the decision. Long before there was Obamacare, there was this precursor of making decisions on death. All I can say is Terri, God Bless your soul!!! Rest in Eternal Peace.