August 11, 2005

New Definition

guard·i·an ( P ) Pronunciation Key (gärd-n)
1. One that guards, watches over, or protects.
2. Law. One who is legally responsible for the care and management of the person or property of an incompetent or a minor.
3. A superior in a Franciscan monastery

New definition- Michael Schiavo.(?)

Miami, Florida - The husband of Terri Schiavo was honored by a group that advocates guardianship services for his years-long efforts to get his wife's feeding tube disconnected.

Michael Schiavo was given the Guardian of the Year Award by the Florida State Guardianship Association yesterday.

Terri Schiavo lived in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years before dying in March.

She died after a protracted legal battle between her husband and her parents over her end-of-life wishes.

She died from dehydration after her feeding tube was disconnected.


Thanks to Ambra for the heads up.

Posted by Beth at 07:12 AM

June 22, 2005

Promises, Promises

Well, Michael Schiavo had a gravestone installed on Terri's grave. "I kept my promise" is the sentiment inscribed on it.

I wonder what happened to his 'promise' to love, honor and cherish Terri until death do they part? Oh, wait - I know - that's why he had two (Yes, count them, 2) dates of her death inscribed. So, as far as this man was concerned, she died on the day she was stricken.

I hope his current girlfriend (mother of his children) bewares this man. I think he may just have gotten away with murder.

Posted by Beth at 04:15 AM

April 01, 2005


My prayers are for Terri's family today. They can rest assured that they did everything in their power to save their daughter. The responsibility for killing Terri is on the heads of her 'husband', his lawyer and the Florida legislature, which allows doctors to kill patients by removing nourishment and fluids.

My Prayers are also with the Pope. The TV coverage of his illness is odd - the talking heads (on all channels, even FOX) have absolutely no clue as to how the Catholic Church works. They don't understand what a Sacrament is, and their attempts to explain them are close to ridiculous.

Posted by Beth at 06:06 AM

March 29, 2005

Struggling to live

I am amazed at how hard Terri is fighting to live. I had no idea that a human being could live this long with no water. Apparently, politicians and judges have wiped their hands of the matter and the Schindler family has no recourse to save their daughter and sister.

The law does not allow a man to keep his wife from having an abortion if she wants one because it is 'her' body.

How can the law allow a man to decree the death of a woman - after all, it is 'her' body!

Even the euthenasia laws in Holland would not allow this 'mercy killing' because she has not explicitly agreed to it.

Here are the rules in

Patients must face a future of unbearable, interminable suffering Request to die must be voluntary and well-considered Doctor and patient must be convinced there is no other solution A second medical opinion must be obtained and life must be ended in a medically appropriate way The patient facing incapacitation may leave a written agreement to their death.

Posted by Beth at 07:17 AM

March 25, 2005


I have written very little of late - partly because I'm working too much and partly because I'm afraid to write about Terri's plight. Why am I afraid? Because people who believe that starving her is the right thing to do are behaving like pit bulls in their comments on other blogs.

The anti-life folks have some serious misconceptions about pro-life people. The most pervasive argument they seem to have is that those of us who are on the side of life do nothing to 'help those already alive', or that we do not do anything to care for those who are not aborted or euthanized.

There's not much use in arguing with them. To me it is as if evil has taken hold of their souls, and they cannot see or comprehend what, to me, is obvious.
Peggy Noonan and Rachel Lucas both express it all way better than I can. Go read them both.

My prayers are for Terri and her parents and siblings.

Update - even Ralph Nader sees the inherent wrongness of what has happened to Terri:

To: National Desk

Contact: Ralph Nader, 202-387-8034; Wesley Smith, 510-886-8609

WASHINGTON, March 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith, author of the award winning book "Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America" call upon the Florida Courts, Governor Jeb Bush and concerned citizens to take any legal action available to let Terri Schiavo live.

"A profound injustice is being inflicted on Terri Schiavo," Nader and Smith asserted today. "Worse, this slow death by dehydration is being imposed upon her under the color of law, in proceedings in which every benefit of the doubt-and there are many doubts in this case-has been given to her death, rather than her continued life."

Among the many injustices in this case, Nader and Smith point to the following:

The courts not only are refusing her tube feeding, but have ordered that no attempts be made to provide her water or food by mouth. Terri swallows her own saliva. Spoon feeding is not medical treatment. "This outrageous order proves that the courts are not merely permitting medical treatment to be withheld, it has ordered her to be made dead," Nader and Smith assert.

The medical and rehabilitation experts are split on whether Terri is in a persistent vegetative state or whether Terri can be improved with therapy. There is only one way to know for sure- permit the therapy. That is the only way to resolve all doubts.

The court is imposing process over justice. After the first trial in this case, much evidence has been produced that should allow for a new trial-which was the point of the hasty federal legislation. If this were a death penalty case, this evidence would demand reconsideration. Yet, an innocent disabled woman is receiving less justice.

The federal and state governments are spending billions on what we are told will become miracle medical cures for people with all sorts of degenerative conditions, including brain damage. If this is so, why not permit Terri's parents and siblings who want to care for her do so in the hope that such cures are discovered?

Benefits of doubts should be given to life, not hastened death. This case is rife with doubt. Justice demands that Terri be permitted to live.

Posted by Beth at 04:56 AM

March 18, 2005


How can a woman who has harmed no one be put to death by order of her unfaithful husband? Terri left no 'living will'.
Not on life support, merely being fed and given water - but through a tube. That is not extraordinary.

If she spoke up now and said 'no' - I suspect her husband will still demand she die.

Yes, she is brain damaged - but ....

She is not brain dead.

If our society allows the slow starving and dehydration of an innocent woman because her brain doesn't work well, we are no better than the German Nazis.

It is a small thing, Terri's little life. But it is all she has on this earth, and we should not take it.

No one will even be allowed to try to feed her or give her water.

This is all so wrong, so evil, so inhuman that it is inexcusable.

May her husband and his doctors and attorneys all burn in hell.

All these bloggers are blogging to help save Terri's life:

And, say a prayer for Terri. Killing her by starvation is absolutely evil.

Posted by Beth at 04:16 PM