Allowing to Die

It is hard to imagine a more tragic or tortuous case than that of Terri Schiavo, the thirty-nine-year-old Florida woman whose husband and parents are battling over disconnecting her from the feeding tube that has kept her alive for thirteen years. Schiavo suffered brain damage after a heart attack in 1990, and according to most experts has been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) ever since. Doctors who have examined her say her brain has been all but destroyed. She...

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