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Away From Home

Friday, June 17, 2005

Now they're just being ignorant

It's one thing to stick by your beliefs. That is often a positive trait. To stick by them even when all the evidence is against you, however, is just ignorant:

An autopsy that found Terri Schiavo suffered from severe and irreversible brain-damage has done nothing to sway her parents' position that she deserved to live and may have gotten better with therapy.

The long-awaited report Wednesday found Schiavo's brain had shrunk to about half the normal size for a woman her age when she died March 31 after her feeding tube was disconnected.

The autopsy also determined she was blind.

Bob and Mary Schindler disputed the results, insisting their daughter interacted with them and tried to speak. Their attorney said the family plans to discuss the autopsy with other medical experts and may take some unspecified legal action.

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"There's nothing in her autopsy report that is inconsistent with a persistent vegetative state," said Dr. Stephen J. Nelson, a medical examiner who assisted in the neurological portion of the autopsy.

Even Bush isn't swayed:

In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the autopsy did nothing to change President Bush's position that Schiavo's feeding tube should not have been disconnected. He had signed a bill, rushed through by Congress in March, that was a last-ditch effort to restore her feeding tube.

Regardless of how you feel about it, my position continues to be that the husband is next of kin, and is therefore her sole spokesperson when she cannot or has not spoken for herself. Her parents have to go through him.

When two people marry, they become one, both in God's eyes and in the law's eyes.


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