Comments: Guess jk is a Liberal...

According to this timeline:
http://www.miami.edu/ethics2/schiavo/timeline.htm
Terri's husband first asked that her feeding tube be removed almost 7 years ago.

For the first 4 years of Terri's incapacitation her husband apparently attempted everything possible to revive her congitive function. For the next 4 years he apparently anguished over the inevitible, finally asking the court to allow him to stop feeding her. For the ensuing 7 years Terri's parents, and many others, dragged the couple through every court that would let them in the door.

So in summary, of the 15 years this ordeal has lasted (thus far) Michael spent 8 of them trying to nurse Terri back to health and the Schindlers, et. al., spent 7 more trying to prevent him from doing what JK (and, we're led to believe, Terri) would have wanted all along.

Posted by johngalt at March 21, 2005 2:50 PM

strangely, he's been living with his fiance for 10 of those past 15 years.
... and has two children with her.

Posted by AlexC at March 22, 2005 12:07 PM

AlexC,

Yes, there are some odd possibilities of motives and conflicts in the husband. And it is certainly legitimate to question his decision.

What I think is beyond question is his being empowered to make the decision. If she were conscious, she could refuse treatment and I think her spouse is best able to make the decision for her when she cannot. The husband, not the parents, not Congress.

Posted by jk at March 22, 2005 12:48 PM

AlexC, Do you know the specific course of events that led him to a new intimate relationship? And how those events correspond to the attempted rehabilitation of his wife who "has no cerebral cortex" and all the angst that must have caused?

His in-laws and other interested parties refuse to allow this chapter of his life to close. Should this obligate him to forego any happiness for as long as they may demand?

I can tell you that a time comes in a man's life when he recognizes his own mortality. (Not from personal experience, mind you. I just "know." ;)

Posted by johngalt at March 23, 2005 12:03 AM