Allow me to add some perspective that it seems Andrea Matrich has missed in the Terri Schiavo case. Michael Schiavo is Terri's husband, and from the moment she passed into a persistent vegetative state, he has been her legal guardian.
The moment he divorces her, he loses that guardianship to her parents, giving them the power to act in a manner that is not consistent with what Michael (and the courts) have concluded that Terri wanted. The original court case showed that Michael was acting in accordance with what her wishes were regarding being kept alive in such a state. Appeal after appeal has backed up this original decision.
Spending 15 years of his life to fight for her wishes? Hardly selfish. Turning down a $1 million offer to give up this legal status? Hardly selfish. Putting up with the warped morality that would turn this into a right-to-life case and the moronic political posturing by our elected representatives in order to fight for his wife's wishes? Hardly selfish.
Let's not pretend that Schiavo is disabled in the sense that she's blind or paralyzed. She lacks the physical brain component that allows her to think or feel on any level, and it's not going to grow back. Asserting that pulling her off of the artificial life-sustaining system is akin to a visit from Dr. Kevorkian is a stretch. No one is advocating poisoning her, but merely removing equipment that has kept her body artificially alive for 15 years after her higher brain functions (everything that made her intrinsically human) ceased functioning forever.
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