MARCH 30, 2010
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the gut-wrenching death of a disabled woman who starved and dehydrated after a judicial homicide order was upheld by a
Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005 because her estranged husband won a court order to kill her by depriving her of food and water. Thirteen painful days after her feeding tube was removed the 41-year-old Schiavo died as her devastated family desperately exhausted legal measures to save her.
Schiavo had suffered heart failure in 1990 at the age of 26 and lapsed into what courts deemed a “persistent vegetative state.” A chemical imbalance evidently caused her heart to stop beating for a few minutes. For nearly a decade, Schiavo’s husband fought to end her life by removing her feeding tube while her parents and brother insisted she be kept alive.
A lengthy legal battle ensued with Schiavo’s parents fighting for guardianship in order to get their daughter medical and rehabilitative treatment. The courts sided with the estranged husband, who had a live-in girlfriend during the decade he tried to kill Schiavo. The couple has two children.
Her case earned worldwide attention and became a civil rights issue that inspired even the most liberal of activists to petition for her life. Among them was Jesse Jackson who visited the family and asked God and politicians to save Terri. “Without water or food, without even ice cubes for her lips for 12 days she is still alive, “
Incredibly, this tragic case has been mocked by
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