Terri Schiavo

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A woman who suffered an anoxic insult in 1990, fell into a persistent vegetative state and was kept alive for the next 15 years while her husband fought to have her removed from life support and her parents fought to maintain it
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Countryside: With the Terri Shiavo case prominently in the news recently, we have heard much about our so-called "Right to Die.
The radiance of Easter, which will prevail and has prevailed, seems strangely obscured by an unbearably poignant Holy Week, during which Terri Shiavo, the American woman who suffered brain damage as a result of a heart attack some 15 years ago, lay dying of starvation and dehydration.
Because in my mind there is an undeniable link between our collective inability, understandable though it is, to save thousands of unborn children from death, and our curious, though understandable, collective inability to save Terri Shiavo from death.
The Terri Shiavo case has prompted huge debate all over the world.
Terri Shiavo received the sacraments after doctors confirmed she was near death.
For Terri Shiavo see United States in News in Brief
Catholic bishops were slow to condemn the attempted euthanasia of Terri Shiavo (the Florida bishops did eventually issue a statement).