Tuesday, March 22, 2005

For Her Own Good

It is Tuesday night, and the legal challenges by Terri Schiavo's parents are melting away. It has been four days since she has had any nourishment or water.

My best understanding of things is that they have no real chance of ultimately prevailing, and preserving her life. Even the conservative Catholic Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, who might be thought to be her best advocates, have made it a cornerstone of their judicial philosophies that not everything in our society is a matter for the Supreme Court. From what I know of their rulings on previous cases, that is their opinion here.

Even if her feeding tube were ordered reinserted, it seems to me certain that a court will eventually order it be pulled out again permanently. There is no purpose, no good to be found, in forcing her to repeat these past four days. It's time to pray that she has not suffered, does not suffer, and will not suffer as we wait for the end to come.

And for those who were certain she was incapable of suffering, I pray you were right.

Godspeed, Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo. You go to a far better world than the one you leave.

Addendum, Wednesday Night: My buddy Patterico can take you the rest of the way. He's a brilliant attorney with impeccable credentials. Some people have a lot to answer for.

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