April 01, 2005

Editorial:

The Death of Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo passed away March 31, 2005.

Everything involved with this death and everything leading up to it, which played out before our very eyes on television, was a tragedy.

That the life and death of Ms Schiavo was hoisted on public airways and used as a political football was a tragedy and wrong. Right to life choices are made more often than we know. They are done in private, between family members; this is the way it should be.

This whole tragedy was difficult to observe and a difficult issue to talk about. Life is our most precious gift; it is one that we fight to protect. It was difficult to watch as the parents fought to keep their daughter alive by any means possible. As parents our hearts go out to them. It was difficult to watch with full authority lying in the hands of a husband with such great disconnect between him and Terri Schiavo’s family. It was difficult to watch as Catholics and as Christians, miracles do happen and it goes against our basic beliefs.

It was also difficult to watch as this tragedy played out in Washington and in the Courts. The question of life and death in this setting is not an issue that politicians should be deciding and in this case using to push their political agenda. The courts were correct in striking down the attempts of lawmakers to interfere with this personal issue.

For all involved this was a tragic day. Nobody comes away from this feeling good; we are all saddened by this death. And we are left disappointed by our political leadership.

May Terri Schiavo now rest in Peace.

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