The one year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death is coming up. Not surprisingly, Mark Steyn had one of the best takes on the issue at the time, focusing on the fact that that, moral issues aside, it was a flat-out miscarriage of justice from a legal perspective. His article from this time last year is a must-read. Here’s an excerpt:
Michael Schiavo took a vow to be faithful in sickness and in health, forsaking all others till death do them part. He’s forsaken his wife and been unfaithful to her: she is, de facto, his ex-wife, yet, de jure, he appears to have the right to order her execution. This is preposterous. Suppose his current common-law partner were to fall victim to a disabling accident. Would he also be able to have her terminated? Can he exercise his spousal rights polygamously? The legal deference to Mr Schiavo’s position, to his rights overriding her parents’, is at odds with reality.
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