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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Saving Lives are Officially "Out" for Judges

I was reading a story about Terri Schiavo, the woman who is in a partial coma-like state receiving national media attention, and the continued battle to save her life from her husband. A judge recently denied a Florida agency the chance to investigate over thirty (thirty!) allegations of abuse and neglect at the hands of Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo. The Florida Department of Children and Families had hoped to use the investigation as a way to delay Terri's execution by at least sixty days.

Yes, I say execution because this is clearly an example of a pig-headed judge gone amok. The court has no business at all interfering with the state's investigation into what could be very real allegations of abuse. The court doesn't even have the right to order her feeding tube removed like they did - they violate the very core principles on which this country was founded, the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The court takes away Terri's liberty by wilfully choosing to ignore the extremely suspicious circumstances that Michael Schiavo is suing under, instead sticking her "care" (or lack thereof, thanks to his interference) with the very man trying to let her starve to death. Can you say "conflict of interest"? The court takes away Terri's life by ordering her starvation death (something you wouldn't do to anyone in a sane, civilized world), and her ability to pursue happiness by letting Michael deny her treatment to improve her condition. It strikes me as remarkably obtuse that Michael Schiavo isn't out there fighting harder for Terri's recovery, when several sources say its very possible with the right treatment, unless he has some other motive. His "Terri wouldn't want to be kept alive by artificial means" is a crock in the face of the evidence - she wouldn't have to be if she was allowed the treatment.

Now there's recent news that an entrepeneur is attempting to buy out Michael Schiavo in an effort to get him to turn over Terri's care to her parents. The businessman, Robert Herring Sr., will pay Michael $1M in exchange for him surrendering guardianship rights to Terri's parents.

As much as this strikes me as nauseating (or, like the author in the link, "rancidly sick"), it would at least put Michael Schiavo in the un-enviable position of denying a huge amount of money to continue this sordid affair to its horrendous conclusion. What makes this all the more horrendous is the fact that, if Terri should still die even after transfer of guardianship, Michael still receives the $1.6M settlement he got for his own allegations of malpractice in regards to Terri's treatment. So he could stand to make $2.6M out of the entire deal. I, personally, would tack on a restraining order to make sure he doesn't come within 900 feet of Terri Schiavo, her parents, or the medical staff treating Terri, just to make sure the son of a bitch doesn't try anything.

Michelle Malkin has a raft of links and posts on her own blog.