Caring at the End

Schiavo & Catholic Teaching

The old adage that hard cases make bad law is often true, but it is also true that hard cases can help crystallize fundamental moral issues. Thus, at the risk of reviving the painful passions that swirled around Terri Schiavo’s death, I want to ask whether that incredibly hard case helps us identify core moral questions about end-of-life decisions.

Can we learn anything morally useful from the Schiavo case? For example, was the...

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