Saturday, March 31, 2007

Terri Schiavo died two years ago today

Two years ago, two people were slowly dying in the public eye. Pope John Paul II, was failing, and Terri Schiavo was dying of court enforced dehydration. The nation watched Terri die, yet so many good people weren't hearing the truth about her; how she had been improving until her husband won a malpractice case on her behalf, vowing to use the funds for her rehabilitation, and did precisely the opposite. She never received a day of therapy again, even though rehab professionals testified that, with therapy she would be capable of swallowing on her own. Her parents and siblings begged for the right to care for her at their own expense, in their own home, and were coldly refused by the angriest husband on TV since OJ Simpson. A man who had a renowned euthanasia advocate constantly whispering in his ear. A man who appeared to want her to die with all his strength, though he had already gone on with his personal life, accompanied with a girlfriend, fathering two children.

Why must this helpless woman die? I asked myself.

How could a local judge ignore the Governor of Florida, the President of the United States and an act of Congress?

What has gone wrong with Christians in this country, that, at the urging of Dr. James Dobson, Sean Hannity, and Jesse Jackson, they don't rise up and demand her life be spared?

Can't they see her responding to her parents and siblings on the video?

How deeply has the Culture of Death permeated this culture?

And, the most chilling question of all for me, the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, 90% of whom are destroyed before birth, what will I do when they come to kill my Christina?

An extraordinary Catholic woman I know answered this question for me when she said,
"I would consider it an honor to die for your daughter!"

Would you?


Hoodlum said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Leticia said...

This man is a perfect example of how deeply the culture of death has permeated our culture. I wish he were unique in deprecating God's gift of life, but I have many in my own family who agree with him.
Church Militant, we have so much work to do!

Hoodlum said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Leticia said...

I take this term from the Holy Father's encyclical Evangelium Vitae
I don't claim this as an orginal idea; all my best ideas come from the Church.