Lies Written in Stone
Sand covers the lettering on part of Terri Schiavo's grave Monday night June 20, 2005 in Clearwter, Fla. Terri, the center of a right-to-die battle, died March 31, 2005, 13-days after her feeding tube was removed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) Terri Schiavo's tombstone in Florida features two jabs at those who fought to save her from her husband's order to starve her. In the center of the stone is "DEPARTED THIS EARTH February 28, 1990." No, Terri departed this earth a few months ago. In 2005, not 1990. Of course, the implication is obvious. Terri "died" 15 years ago, but one must wonder how does a dead person move, eat, sleep, make noise, smile, move her eyes, etc.? At the heart of the final line, "I KEPT MY PROMISE," is Michael's hearsay: that his wife wished to die rather than lay in mentally retarded state. Michael was never able to prove his wife's wishes, and he magically discovered these wishes years after Terri's condition began. Even if Terri wishes to be permitted to die, one must ask, using this case as precedent, shall all mentally retarded people who require the assistance of others, be starved to death?