Who’s To Blame for Terri Schiavo’s Death
Kevin McCullough is conducting a poll over at his place:
In the event that Terri Schiavo were to pass away tonight/today from the effects of the starvation process – who would you say was primarily responsible for her death?
It’s multiple choice. Given that we must assign blame to an actual person for the fact that she’s dying, I’d pick a) Terri Schiavo, given that her eating disorder was the proximate cause of the heart attack that led to her brain condition and that she expressed a desire to not be continued in such a pitiful state.
Overall, though, I don’t think anyone is “responsible” for the woman’s death. A vibrant young woman had a heart attack, she didn’t get medical care in time, and she had a tragic outcome. The long, drawn out process that’s led to the removal of her feeding tube and, presumably, her ultimate death is merely the culmination of that process. For all intents and purposes, the person that Terri Schiavo’s family loved died almost fifteen years ago.