Terri's Law

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), February 3, 2005 | Go to article overview

Terri's Law


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

By any definition, Terri Schiavo is alive. She has now been issued a death sentence by the courts ("Save Terri Schiavo," Commentary, Saturday).

Terri's Law was enacted in October 2003 when a disabled and brain-damaged woman was being starved to death by judicial order in Florida. Mrs. Schiavo had collapsed in her apartment from lack of oxygen in 1990 at the age of 26. She had never executed a written living will.

There were questions regarding whether the judge and justices in this case had actually followed Florida law. There were differing statements given in court about her end-of-life wishes. There was conflicting medical testimony as to whether rehabilitation could help Mrs. Schiavo. This was the climate in which Terri's Law was enacted by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Florida citizens were justifiably concerned that a disabled Florida woman was being put to death by court order under extremely questionable and horrific circumstances. If the proceedings that led up to the execution of serial killer Ted Bundy had been handled in the same way, his conviction would have been overturned. …

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