Terri Schiavo Has Died
Terri Schiavo died shortly before 10 A.M., according to news reports.
Terri Schiavo, 41, Dies in Fla. Hospice (Washington Post)
Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose condition ignited a protracted legal struggle, died today at a Florida hospice, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed under a court order. Representatives of both sides in a dispute over her fate confirmed the death shortly before 10 a.m. EST.
The death of Schiavo, 41, ended the court battle that had pitted her husband, who wanted to take her off artificial life support, against her parents and siblings, who sought to keep her alive at all costs. But the death appeared unlikely to quell the broader controversy fueled by the Schiavo case, one that set right-to-life, antiabortion and conservative religious groups — with backing from President Bush and Republican leaders in Congress — against advocates of a “right to die” when the brain no longer functions.
Schiavo’s death, at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., came 15 years after she suffered cardiac arrest, experienced a loss of oxygen to the brain and slipped into a coma as a result of an eating disorder. She later emerged from the coma, but she never regained consciousness and remained in what doctors said was a “persistent vegetative state.”
May she rest in peace.
See my Terri Schiavo Case archives for previous posts on this subject.
- Bob Owens is, ironically, “live blogging” the television reports.
- Jeff Jarvis will be talking about it on MSNBC at noon.
- LaShawn Barber: “It’s all over.”
- Kevin Aylward has a photo roundup.
- Kevin McGehee argues that Terri Schiavo’s last days were quite “meaningful,” indeed.
- Ed Morrissey promises silence except for a call for prayers.
- Rusty Shackleford: “Terri Schiavo Finally Succumbs to State Sanctioned Starvation”
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Minor errors corrected.