Good reading for the Schiavo anniversary

March 30, 2006 | 3 comments

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.


  1. Jennifer

    I was very politically active in this case last year, and I remember my heart breaking when she was murdered.
    I have a friend of the family who was severely brain damaged so it strikes close to home.

    Good reading.

    (I’m getting the idea you like Steyn.)

  2. Colleen

    I cannot believe it has been a year since she was murdered. Her story is still so fresh in my mind amd it is still as painful to contemplate.

    If Jen1 is a Steyn fan (as seems clear) join the the club! There are few writers who hit every note absolutely right the way he does.

  3. SteveG

    Are you even remotely suggesting that there might be people who don’t like Steyn? I find that impossible to believe. 😉

    By far, Steyn is the best columnist currently writing on politics and social issues.

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