Twitter icon

Facebook icon

About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Is this your first visit?
Contact us
External links

Recommended books

Visitors' essays
Our forum
New essays
Other features
Buy a CD of this site
Vital notes

World religions
-Christian definition
 -Shared beliefs
 -Handling change
 -Bible topics
 -Bible inerrancy
 -Bible harmony
 -Interpret the Bible
 -Beliefs & creeds
 -Da Vinci code
 -Revelation, 666
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Comparing Religions

Non-theistic beliefs

About all religions
Main topics
Basic information
Gods & Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt & security
Confusing terms
End of the World?
True religion?
Seasonal events
Science vs. Religion
More information

Morality & ethics
Absolute truth

Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious freedom
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten Commandments
Abortion access
Assisted suicide
Death penalty

Same-sex marriage

Human rights
Gays in the military
Sex & gender
Stem cells
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news


!!!!!!!! Search error!  If the URL ends something like .htm/  or .htm# delete the character(s) after .htm and hit return.


Euthanasia and Terri Schiavo

horizontal rule

Sponsored link.

horizontal rule


Terri Schiavo was a 41-year-old disabled woman in Florida whose plight galvanized public opinion in North America. She was severely disabled for over 15 years, and been diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state (by many physicians appointed by various courts) or a minimally conscious state (as diagnosed by some conservative Christian physicians).

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, wanted to carry out what he believed to be his wife's stated wish: to be allowed to die if she became disabled in this way. Her parents wanted to keep their daughter alive and hoped that she could have received therapy and partly overcome her disability.

Terri's feeding tube was removed on the afternoon of 2005-MAR-18. Her physical condition slowly degenerated due to dehydration. She probably passed the point of no return; (i.e. the time when she might not have been able to survive even if nutrition were resumed) about Easter Sunday, 2005-MAR-27.

She died at 9:05AM, ET, on MAR-31.

An autopsy found:

bullet No evidence that her collapse in 1990 and subsequent brain damage was caused by abuse, as some commentators had asserted.

bullet That she was blind and thus could not have responded to visual stimulation.

bullet That she died of dehydration.

Governor Jeb Bush (R) asked a Florida prosecutor to investigate whether there were any criminal acts performed in 1990 when Terri collapsed. He concluded that there was no wrongdoing.

horizontal rule

Topics covered in this section:

bullet Overview
bullet Opinions of Terri's husband, parents, physicians, the Roman Catholic Church, etc.
bullet Opinions of the American public
bullet What did Terri experience during death by dehydration?
bullet Activities by the Florida government, Congress, etc.
bullet The public's response
bullet The autopsy: results and reaction; follow-up and afterthoughts
bullet Books about Terri's death
bullet About living wills (a.k.a. advanced directives)

horizontal rule

Site navigation: Home page > "Hot" topics > Euthanasia > here

or: Home page > "Hot" topics  > Suicide menu > Euthanasia > here

horizontal rule

Copyright © 2005 & 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2005-MAR-21
Latest update: 2006-MAR-27
Author: B.A. Robinson

line.gif (538 bytes)

Sponsored link

horizontal rule

Go to the previous page, or to the "Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide" menu, or choose:


Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Purchase a CD of this web site

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.


Sponsored links