The Terri Schiavo Case

1610 Words Mar 5th, 2006 7 Pages
The Terri Schiavo Case
Research Essay
ISU

On February 28, 1990, twenty six-year old Terri Schiavo suffered severe brain damage when her heart stopped for five minutes. Terri's condition was the subject of intense debate and media scrutiny over the subject of euthanasia and guardianship. Given the circumstances of Terri's vegetated condition, and no physical proof of her wishes, the last word on whether or not Terri would stay alive was given to her husband Michael Schiavo, by the state of Florida. Michael's argument was that he was carrying out her wishes to not be kept alive in that state. Terri's family challenged Michael's claims saying she is responsive and in no discomfort, that her condition does not meet the medical definition of
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These medical experts have claimed that starvation and dehydration are not painful or discomforting for Terri or anyone undergoing the experience. In fact, they claim that such victims begin to experience "euphoria" a type of exhilaration as the victims draw close to death. If such claims are true, then we might just have to amend the history of such events as the Holocaust, where starvation was the key process by which millions died. As it turns out, starvation was the primary means of killing unwanted peoples.
Shortly after World War II, investigations have discovered that the Nazi Holocaust used the method of starvation as the main instrument of torture in the concentration camps. The same torture that Terri Schiavo suffered, and the same torture that medical experts claim are a source of ecstasy.
President Bush, one of the most powerful figures in the world, stated shortly after Terri's death that "The essence of civilization is that the strong should protect the weak... and we need to continue to work to build a culture of life." As indicated by the International Criminal Court, starvation as a means of killing is a war crime. The Court noted: "Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including wilfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions' is a serious