What have we become?

I've been following the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case, albeit in bits and pieces, since I first heard about it over a year ago. It saddens me that we have reached such a depth that some people are willing to literally starve this woman to death. And that's exactly what began less than an hour ago.

Make no mistake - this isn't some "pull the plug" scenario that plays like a bad made-for-TV movie where death comes in seconds or even minutes after life support has been cut off. Terri is going to starve to death, which may take two weeks or more.

For more information on this case, read this article and some of the related links at the bottom.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, is no good guy looking out for her best interests. Although he swore in court hearings that he was going to use the money from a suit against Terri's doctors for her therapy and that he was going to go to nursing school to learn how to better take care of her, that all came to an abrupt halt when the check showed up. Most of that money (reports differ on the amount - $600,000 - $1.2 million) has been spent on legal battles to cut off her food supply. And it's not like her family wants him to spring for her care. They just want him to go away and let them take her home.

Oh, did I mention that he also has a kid by another woman since Terri's collapse?

Frankly, it looks very suspicious for Michael. If there's no monetary incentive for his actions - and most agree that there's not much left - then there's gotta be something else. Terri's collapse was surrounded by mystery and the medical records reportedly state that she showed signs of physical violence. But no investigation was ever done. And that'll be the end of the story, because he's set to have her body cremated as soon as she dies.

And to add insult to a lot of injury, comes this story out of Texas. Key quote - "... her physical condition had deteriorated so much that her prison doctors were considering transferring her to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she could be fed intravenously."

Other accounts of this spell out the reasons why she's on suicide watch. As the gravity of her 2001 actions have begun to sink in, she doesn't want to live.

So let me get this straight:

  • On the one hand, we have a brain damaged woman who is responsive, and who wants to live according to everyone except her sleazy husband, and we're going to starve her to death.
  • And on the other, we have a convicted murderer - a mom who drowned her own kids, no less - who wants to starve herself to death and we're going to force-feed her with an IV if necessary.

Somebody please wake me up. I don't like this dream.