A few bystanders to the Theresa Schiavo saga believed that such was the case with her when her proxy or the courts considered the question, "If she could communicate, what would she say, after being in a 'vegetative state' for more than twelve years, about whether her feeding through a gastrostomy tube should be stopped or continued?" But surely it must be an exceptional case in which a patient who has been wholly unresponsive for an extended period of time continues to have an actively conscious interior life.
Second, although it took the Theresa Schiavo case to wake me up to certain stark realities that I should have understood all along, I don't really want to argue the particular facts of that case with anybody; and I'm doubtful that I would change any minds about the subject were I to try.
(2005) Erring on the Side of Theresa Schiavo
: Reflections of the Special Guardian ad Litem.
Theresa Schiavo was twenty-seven when she suffered cardiac arrest due to
Theresa Schiavo's right to make her own decision, independent of
I don't share the anti-abortion politics of the most vocal supporters of Theresa Schiavo
's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler.
This limited grant of jurisdiction initially prompted five claims by the parents of Theresa Schiavo
claiming the violation of 14th Amendment, Due Process, Equal Protection and Freedom of Religion fights.
But did the law adequately protect the life of Theresa Schiavo
? Did the courts?
The issue leads with a special set of essays on the case-turned-cultural-conflict of Theresa Schiavo
, which though it looked simple to many, in fact involved some difficult and complex questions.
With Theresa Schiavo
, the transformational element reached a fever pitch.
As the report notes, "Given the history of this case, [the testing] would not, in and of itself, assure a resolution, and is not, therefore, deemed either feasible or of value to Theresa Schiavo
without prior agreement."