Ten years after.
I've been asked to do a couple of posts on a few different causes but there are some things more important to post about right now. Matters of life - and death.
While looking for a photo to illustrate this post, I came across some monstrous images mocking the death of Terri Schiavo. Today is the tenth anniversary of her death and her brother Bobby wrote an article for Life News on how horrible it was to watch his sister have ordinary care withdrawn from her, which resulted in a slow, agonizing death. She was not receiving extraordinary life support, simply food and water. She was starved, dehydrated to death. Some of the images I saw online which mocked Terri Schiavo's suffering were gross, indecent, and heinously cruel. They made a joke of her death.
Bobby Schindler speculates that numerous deaths just like Terri's take place all of the time, and I've heard of less sensational cases elsewhere in the world. It's a horrible, painful death that the majority of people would not even tolerate in the case of a beloved pet. St. Maximilian Kolbe was martyred in this way; he survived so long a period, the Nazis finished him off with lethal injection. Compassion was not the motivating factor, the Nazis simply wanted to get rid of him.
What have we become?
Bobby remembers his sister:
On March 18, 2005, my sister, Terri Schiavo, began her thirteen day agonizing death after the feeding tube – supplying her food and water – was removed. Terri was cognitively disabled and had difficulty swallowing and therefore needed a feeding tube. Terri was not on any “life support”, nor was she sick or dying. Nonetheless, she received her death sentence ordered by Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer of Pinellas County Florida.
Greer’s order to remove Terri’s feeding tube was in response to her estranged husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, requesting permission from the court to kill his disabled wife. This was after Schiavo began cohabitating with his fiancée and stood to inherit Terri’s medical trust fund, which at the time was close to $800,000.
However, more disturbing was that the judge ruled to kill Terri, despite her mother and father pleading with Schiavo, and the court, to allow them to take her home. In fact, a guardian ad litem urged Judge Greer to refuse the dehydration request. Instead, this legally-required protector of Terri was dismissed from the original case by Greer and no replacement was ever appointed.
March 31st marks a very sad day; and this year, it will be the ten year anniversary of Terri’s death. - Please finish reading here.
Bobby Schindler says he will never forget. I trust he will not. It reminds me of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants, proclaiming, "never forget". Yet how many forgot Terri Schiavo? How many forget those who are continuing to perish in this manner?