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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