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Erring on the Side of Theresa Schiavo: Reflections of her Special Guardian ad Litem

Last year, the Hastings Center Report featured a set of essays on Theresa Schiavo. The lead essay, by her special guardian ad litem, is available here. (Registration is required to download it.) 

For Theresa Marie Schiavo, good science, good medicine, and the careful application of the law were not enough. Her loving parents begged the world to save the life of their brain-damaged daughter, while her devoted husband sought removal of a feeding tube to fulfill what he believed were his wife’s wishes not to be maintained in a diagnosed vegetative state. As the whole world watched, legal and political armamentaria were mightily assembled and deployed. The life and death conflict ended Easter week, 2005-some asserted from painful starvation and dehydration, others said from a peaceful, natural shutting down of her systems….

Jay Wolfson

Download “Erring on the Side of Theresa Schiavo: Reflections of her Special Guardian ad Litem” (Adobe Acrobat, 132kb)

Published on: March 30, 2006
Published in: End of Life

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