Essay / Culture – Politics – House Delivering Subpoenas in Schiavo Case – Politics – House Delivering Subpoenas in Schiavo Case: “At the White House, President Bush left little doubt where he stands.’The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues,’ he said in a statement. ‘Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern.’His brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, long has supported the parents’ efforts and urged lawmakers to act before it was too late.Schiavo suffered severe brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped because of a chemical imbalance, and court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, says she told him she would not want to be kept alive artificially. Her parents dispute that, and say she could get better.The court found that it was Terri Schiavo’s wish not to kept alive in her current state and issued an order to remove the feeding tube Friday. Michael Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, wouldn’t comment on when and how the removal will take place or whether Michael Schiavo would visit his wife before it happened.Doctors have said it could take a week or two for Terri Schiavo to die once the tube that delivers water and nutrients is removed.”Why will it take so long for Terri to die?She is not dying naturally. She is not being kept alive artificially. Her basic body functions work. If you were to be locked in a room and deprived of all food and water, then you too would die, eventually. Terri Schiavo is being killed because she cannot swallow and because we cannot imagine that we would wish to live in her state.Who would?Everyone has had the experience of thinking “If I had to go through that, I would just die.” And then we go through it, or walk with a friend who goes through it, and we learn the grace that is available in such situations. We experience the deep peace that comes in dark places. We grow. We cannot know what Terri Schiavo knows. What is given to a soul in such a hard place? She does not seem angry or in pain. Her life expectancy is longer than my own. Why must Terri die? What harm to her life? On the outside looking in, her life seems hard and dull. From the vantage point of a child of God, she may, for all we know, have slipped back to the peaceful Eden of the womb. She is in the hands of God, fed and loved by once again by her mother. Only this time the judicial branch of the State of Florida will not let her mother feed her. This time it will step between those who love her and starve her. What should a mother do in such a situation? I know what mine would do. She would do anything short of further violence to save me. What if Terri’s mom walks to the hospital ready to feed her baby? Who will arrest her? Will the executive branch in Florida act to keep a mother from saving the life of her baby girl?If they do, what jury, which in a state like Florida will be chock full of believers, will convict her?

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