June 16, 2005

Schiavo Postmortem Offers Data, Few Answers

An autopsy report on the body of Terri Schiavo released today confirmed that her husband Michael did not physically abuse her before he obtained a court order to have her killed.

The postmortem also concluded that Terri Schiavo suffered irreversible brain damage and could not hope to recover, regardless of therapy. Her physical condition was also more deteriorated than most people though, with the autopsy concluding that Terri was blind and suffering from severe osteoporosis Medical examiners were unable to find any signs of an eating disorder, meaning that the cause of Terri's 1990 collapse will likely never be known.

The autopsy of Terri Schiavo provides us only with data, not answers.

Based upon what we knew at the time, it would not have hurt anyone if Michael Schiavo relinquished control of his wife to her family. Terri would probably have not known one way or the other, but at least Bob and Mary Schindler would have had hope, if only for a while. Likewise, we'll never know for sure if Michael was carrying out Terri's wishes as he always claimed.

In any event, the long series of legal challenges seems to be an unsettling victory for those who desire for the euthanasia of the inconvenient, and the moral battles remain unresolved.

If nothing else, it comforts me somewhat to think it that Terri is in a better place now.

I'm not so sure about the rest of us.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 16, 2005 05:48 AM