The Corner

Terri Schiavo’s Brother Reflects

Terri Schiavo’s family may be the most noble people I have met in my 20 years struggling against the culture of death. Now, the National Catholic Register has published an interview with Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother. It is well worth your time.

Some people forget, but Terri’s death took another life — her father’s. After she died slowly by dehydration over two weeks, his blood pressure exploded. He never got over what happened to her. It eventually killed him.

The Schindler family couldn’t save Terri’s life. But thanks to their selfless efforts, nobody can now say, “I didn’t know.” We are all morally responsible for the intentional and perfectly legal dehydrations by withdrawing sustenance from the conscious and the unconscious alike, conducted routinely in hospitals and nursing homes in all 50 states (not to be confused with circumstances when people stop eating as a natural part of the dying process).

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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