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Terry Schiavo

On Nov. 17, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 219-4 “to strengthen its requirement that Roman Catholic hospitals insert and maintain nutrition and hydration tubes for patients in persistent vegetative states.” A journalist for Modern Healthcare interprets this to mean that all patients in vegetative states should be sustained on life support, even contrary […] Read More

Following the release of Terri Schiavo’s autopsy that found that she had irreversible brain damage and was blind, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) denied that he had ever diagnosed her. “I never made a diagnosis,” he said last week on the “Today” show. “I think it is big news that she had totally irreversible brain damage.” […] Read More

The Terri Schiavo case proves that conservative Christians pushing for Federal Marriage Amendment are actually anti-marriage, according to an investigative report on a pro-polygamy Web site. Mark Henkel, founder of, a non-Mormon organization that believes the Bible doesn’t prohibit having more than one wife, wrote a 10,000-word essay arguing that the Schiavo case should […] Read More

Unless you have been on silent retreat in another world this past month, you have experienced the media overload surrounding the tragic case of Terri Schiavo. As a pastor, I feel grief for a family whose internal conflict over the decision of when to say good-bye to a loved one accelerated into a national death […] Read More

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the driving force behind an effort in Congress to intervene in a Florida right-to-die dispute, faced a similar decision 16 years ago when his father was diagnosed in a persistent vegetative state following an accident at his home. The Los Angeles Times on Sunday reported that the family decided not […] Read More

The judge at the center of a Florida right-to-die dispute is a Southern Baptist and conservative Republican, whose vilification by pro-life groups has affected his relationship with his church, according to a newspaper profile. The St. Petersburg Times portrayed Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George W. Greer–who has ruled that Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube can be removed, […] Read More

When 27-year-old Terri Schindler Schiavo collapsed in her home on Feb. 25, 1990, neither she nor her family could have imagined the course of events that would tear her family apart and bring the attention of the world to their doorstep. Terri’s plight has stirred debate, not only pitting family member against family member, but […] Read More