Saturday, March 31, will mark the two-year anniversary of my sister Terri Schiavo's death by dehydration. Not a day passes that my family does not think of my sister and relive the horrific images of her needless and brutal death at the hands of those who deliberately set out to kill her.
As hideous as it was, the truth is, long before Terri's case made headlines, the removal of basic care – food and water – was becoming commonplace. It continues to happen every day across our country oftentimes in cases, like Terri's, where the patient does not suffer from any life-threatening condition.
Much of the problem that exists stems from a blind acceptance of misinformation that has moved us from a firm belief in the sanctity of life to a "quality of life" mindset, which says that some lives are not worth living.
Fr. Frank Pavone discusses the ethical and theological implications of the Schiavo case.It's better to be sick in some states than in others. Know your state's laws regarding advance directives and discontinuation of treatment.
The "Exit protocol" for the termination of Terri's life. (Posted in 2005) This does not sound like a dignified death to me. Even death row inmates get more humane treatment than this.