It is a sad day in America when a women is murdered for the sole reason of being mentally disabled, not terminally ill, not in the process of dying at all, but merely because she doesn't have the ability to feed herself. Terry Schiavo passed away today of starvation and dehydration, she was only 41 years old.
Lashawn Barber comments "It's all over", I think it is the end of the beginning of an even larger debate regarding the right to life vs. the so called dying with dignity crowd. The case with Schiavo will be referred to for years to come as an example for both sides of the coin. This is the strange thing about this particular story, that on one side you have those, including myself, that say Terry Schiavo wanted to live, she deserved to have the opportunity to be rehabilitated. We will always question why her husband wanted her to die from being deprived food and water. To me, whether she truly wanted to die or not, it made no sense whatsoever for her to die this way. On the other side are those who will see Terry Schiavo as a precedent for future cases involving similar circumstances. Namely, that a relative can decide for another relative whether or not that person wants to live or die, if indeed they are unable to speak for themselves, and without any written, legally documented proof. Thats huge!
I pray for the parents as well as Michael Schiavo.