The fight is over:
On March 31, 2005 at approximately 9.05am, Terri Schindler-Schiavo lost her nearly 14 day struggle against starvation and dehydration and died at the Hospice Woodside in Pinellas Park, Florida. Her family was not permitted to be with her as she passed. Terri's family and the volunteers of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation have vowed to focus the Foundation, named for her, on assisting other desperate families in their efforts to protect vulnerable loved ones.
So goes the announcement on the website
put up by volunteers and friends of the Schindler Family. I was expecting as much since the court system overseeing the whole thing didn't think it fit to grant her and her family a chance even though her husband, Michael, has clearly moved on with his life and has no intention of taking care of her. If he walked away and left Terri in the care of her family this wouldn't have been blown out of proportion and he was presented with lots of opportunities to do so but he didn't. It would be useless to ask why since he keeps his reasons to himself and refuses to face the media to air his side, preferring to use his lawyer, George Felos
as his mouthpiece (whose mind is also suspect as evidenced in his book)
. US President Bush pleaded with the courts regarding Terri's case that it would have been better to err on the side of life
since nobody has anything to lose. But even the Supreme Courts refused to overturn the lower court's decision. So what are we to think about this whole culture of death thing that's pervading society? Terry James
of of the Christian site, RaptureReady.com
wrote days before this observation in his commentary, Death on Demand
Those with the mindset that demands one die when he or she cannot defend his or her own right to go on living use the U.S. and state courts to do their bidding. This has been the case since Roe v. Wade was ruled the law of the land by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. More than 41 million babies in the womb have lost their lives to abortion since then. The "torture" involved here, in this writer’s view, is the "torture" of inconvenience suffered by those who make the demand that death be carried out.
Terry Schiavo was in the way. She had to go so life could be more convenient for others. This is different than the deaths of those 41 million-plus children in their mother’s wombs only in that the mothers and doctors involved didn’t first –in most instances—have to get permission of a number of judges to rip the babies from their life support systems. The babies had no legal recourse at all.
The "torture" endured by the people in favor of her death by starvation in the Schiavo case and the "torture" endured by the majority of the pro-choice people involved in the millions of abortion cases was "inconvenience." The victims of death on demand–with the approval and assistance of our "civilized" society's legal process--die as sacrifices to the gods of personal convenience.
The prophecy by Paul the apostle should ring in the conscience of anyone who will hear God's Word for our time: "Know this also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For [people] shall be lovers of their own selves…without natural affection…" (2 Tim. 3:1-2, 3).
Death on demand is indeed a "perilous times" issue of our nation, in what looks to be the closing days of this age. All of the legal gymnastics and gyrations of situational ethics, moral relativism, and pseudo-compassionate mumbo-jumbo coming from the dark side of fallen man does not hold up to the piercing truth that Satan is the progenitor of death; God is the Creator of all life.
Death on demand, proclaimed to be accomplished for some good reason, brings a warning from the Word of the Almighty that should cause trembling within the hearts of such perpetrators: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isa. 5:20-21).
[Underlines mine. -Ariel]
Juctice may not have been served here on earth but it will be served in the coming age as promised. At least Terri Schiavo is now in a better place, released from this mortal coil. Free from pain, free from suffering, free from any form of sadness, free from discrimination, and most important of all, free to roam wherever she pleases in her heavenly home.