Tuesday, February 22



I was both saddened and outraged to learn that the courts in Florida have rejected the pleas of Terri Schiavo's parents to preclude Terri's husband, Michael, from his grim intentions to kill her by withholding food and water from her. It is my understanding that he will begin this ghastly process today, Tuesday, February 22nd, at 1:00pm EST.

This is disgraceful, utterly despicable, a profound travesty of justice, an affront to the sanctity of life, and a dangerous step towards America becoming a society in which people's lives may be deemed expendable by the courts and with increasing regularity because of age, disease, disabilities, or mental illness.

Despite what Terri's husband, Michael, and his attorneys contend, Terri Schiavo is not a "brain dead vegetable." She is sentient and, as has been reported, responds to her parents and particularly her mother. Moreover, Terri is not sustained by medical life support; she only requires assistance in eating and drinking. The latter does not constitute life support.

As if this entire matter were not disgraceful enough, Terri Schiavo has been denied proper, much-needed rehabilitation. Indeed, the courts in Florida have remained more intent on giving Terri's husband the legal right to end Terri's life, than to ensure that she receive the kinds of medical tests, treatment, and therapy that could, in point of fact, improve her life.

So, it would appear now that it comes down to you, as the chief executive of the state of Florida, to intervene and save this woman from the dastardly designs of her husband. It becomes a test of your political courage as governor and of your humanity as a Christian man. The question becomes: have you exhausted every possible avenue to save this woman's life and to avoid a dangerous legal precedent in the making that, should that feeding tube be allowed to be removed by her husband, will put in jeopardy the lives of many other people who could in time be perceived as a burden to the state or to their families?

You must act and act now! This may well be the defining moment of your public life.


B.A. Higgins

(Dear Readers: this was sent to Governor Bush in the form of an email very early this morning.)