Wesley J. Smith of The Discovery Institute wrote
the following in his article, "The
Legacy of Terri Schiavo":
"As Terri's family made clear in their
dignified public statement after her death, it would dishonor her memory for
her supporters to indulge in hatred. Michael Schiavo, George Felos, and Judge
George Greer aren't worth the psychic cost. How much better to honor Terri's
memory by enacting a series of legal reforms that rededicate our society to
standing for the equal moral worth and unwavering legal protection of the most
weak and vulnerable among us."
Mr. Smith did not elaborate on what he
meant by the words, "indulge in hatred" but he did say that if Terri's
supporters did this they would dishonor her memory. (Note: the
Statement of the
Schindler family did not include the words, "hate" or
"hatred" but it did include the message that the Schindlers abhor violence or any threats of
violence.) Smith wrote that "Michael
Schiavo, George Felos, and Judge
George Greer aren't worth the psychic cost." He went on to direct his
readers in the way he thinks will best honor Terri's memory: enacting legal
Granted, "indulging in hatred" is never the answer, but
constructive action must be taken to expose those who have brazenly manipulated
the Clearwater, Florida legal system in order to dehydrate to death a woman who could clearly
swallow her own saliva
and forthrightly communicated her
desire to live.
It is important to take note that the laws of the state of Florida
were adequate to protect Terri Schiavo from a starvation/dehydration death—if
they were obeyed. This is evident in fact that the Florida statutes do not authorize the "deliberate act of
omission to end the life other than to permit the natural process of dying."
Terri Schiavo was not dying until she was CAUSED to die by the removal of not
only "medical treatment" (her feeding tube) but also her regular food
and water. (See:
New Order Deems Terri's Ability to Swallow Irrelevant)
The Florida statutes also would have protected
Terri from having her feeding tube removed as
well if the law defining PVS was obeyed and if the Florida legal
standard for "clear and convincing evidence" was adhered to. If
the guardianship statutes were followed and Michael Schiavo was not allowed to
break the law and practice medicine without a license, Terri, who could swallow,
would not have been forced to remain on a feeding tube in the first place.
The Florida statutes have always been adequate
to protect Terri from being neglected,
exploited, and abused
at the hands of her court-appointed guardian —if they were obeyed. The fact
that Terri Schiavo was not afforded her legal rights
of a person determined incapacitated for over a decade paved the way for Judge
George Greer to brazenly issue an
illegal court order that called for euthanasia—despite
the fact that the Florida statutes clearly prohibits
this! Greer's court order called for the DEATH of Terri Schindler Schiavo.
The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast (Hospice
House Woodside) in Pinellas Park, Florida "finished
the job" by colluding with Greer's illegal court order which called for Terri's death by the removal of (all forms) of nutrition and
The conspiracy continues after Terri's death.
Pinellas County medical examiners refused to allow an independent expert to
observe the autopsy:
The Schindlers' lawyer said their request to
have an independent expert observe the autopsy was turned down by medical
examiners, the Associated Press reports.
Schiavo's Body is Cremated)
Michael Schiavo, who publicly stated that "Terri
Died 15 Years Ago" chose to mark Terri's grave with Scientology death
Legal Reforms That Make
Legal reforms are needed as long as they are not passed
for the surreptitious purpose of reducing existing protections for the disabled. The
bills that are coming up for votes in Florida are dangerously misleading because
they falsely concede that denying
food and water by mouth is already legal.
Let us look briefly at HR 1332, which is better
known as the "Protection of Incapacitated Persons Act of 2005." This
bill was supposedly written to prevent the withholding of regular food and water
from Terri Schiavo. It is so telling that the legislators did not call
Judge Greer on his illegal court order to deny regular food and water from Terri
Schiavo. Instead, they reinforced his illegal shenanigans by writing a bill that
concedes that regular food and water may be removed from an incapacitated
In the bill, the term incapacitated person
means a born individual who is presently incapable of making relevant
decisions concerning, the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of food,
fluids or medical treatment under applicable law.
The summary of this bill states:
According to various news reports, Florida
law prohibits the starvation of dogs, though is silent on the starvation of
Holding back food causes starvation which ends
in death. HR1332 is deceptive because Florida Law DOES prohibit the starvation
of human patients because it does not authorize any deliberate act of omission
to end the life:
765.309 Florida Statute: Mercy
Killing of Euthanasia Not Authorized; Suicide Distinguished. --
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve
mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act of
omission to end the life other than to permit the natural process of dying.
(2) The withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures from a patient
in accordance with any provision of this chapter does not, for any purpose,
constitute a suicide.
It is true that according to this statute it is
legal to withhold "life-prolonging procedures" (sadly, the feeding tube
is now legally designated as a "life-prolonging procedure") if the patient
made it known in writing beforehand that he desires it.
This is one example of how the Florida
legislators have passed bills that make matters worse rather than point out Judge
Greer's illegal rulings. Terri's Law
is another example of a law passed by the Florida Legislature that helped Greer
rather than Terri.
Exposing the Conspiracy to
Kill Terri is Not Hate
Exposing the players in the conspiracy to kill Terri Schiavo is not
hatred and it does not dishonor her memory. It is
an expression of respect for Terri's memory and honors the Schindler family.
They deserve to know the truth about why
Michael Schiavo and his backers were allowed to break the law with impunity—apparently
even to the point of gaining the cooperation of the Florida legislature—in
their unrelenting pursuit of Terri's death.
Also see: The
Truth About Getting Justice For Terri