Parents, Bush fail to allow Schiavo case to end
Yesterday’s release of Terri Schiavo’s autopsy report showed that Ms. Schiavo’s brain had suffered severe, irreversible damage establishing the permanence of her physical condition. One would have hoped that these findings would have ended political involvement in this case. They have not.
Now, Florida Governor Jeb Bush has called for a probe into why Ms. Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago as well as why it appears that there may have been a delay between Mr. Schiavo’s discovery of his wife and his 911 call.
Despite the results of the autopsy, Schiavo’s parents have refused to back away from their position that Ms. Schiavo deserved to live and may have gotten better. They certainly deserve the right to take this position. In fact, they are well within their rights to question the decision of their son-in-law for making the decision that, in effect, ended their daughter’s life.
I fail to see the rational for the continued involvement of the state in this issue. The courts ruled that state statutes gave the spouse of Ms. Schiavo the final decision as to whether or not to remove the feeding tube that had sustained her (a position that the Republicans on the basis of the Party’s belief in the sanctity of marriage should have heeded). If there had been a reason to bring criminal charges against Mr. Schiavo for his actions, or in-actions, they should have been investigated and brought forward 15 years ago. Yesterday's findings shed no light on the cause of Ms. Schiavo's collapse 15 years ago and a new investigation is unlikely to turn up any new evidence. This call for an investigation is another waste of taxpayer dollars and a new effort to provide justification for the Republican Party's illogical behavior throughout the final weeks of this case.