A Useless Life?

Terri Schiavo's autopsy results were released today and every news report I've heard and read places near the top of the report the conclusion that no therapy would have improved her condition. CNN reports:

"The autopsy of Terri Schiavo found no evidence that the severely brain-damaged woman was strangled or abused and that no amount of therapy would have reversed her condition, medical examiners said Wednesday."

This seems to be emphasized as a vindication of her husband's decision to starve and dehydrate Terri to death because her life was useless - it wasn't good for anything anymore. Though some of Terri's advocates exhorted that we could not give up hope, STR never offered that reason not to take Terri's life. Miracles do happen, but even if Terri lived out her natural days on earth in the state she had been in since her collapse in 1993, her value as a human being wouldn't have been diminished one iota because her value was intrinsic, not instrumental. None of us are valuable because of the things we can do or offer society; we are valuable in virtue of the kind of beings we are. (You can read in-depth on the topic here.)

This is no vindication of Terri's court-sanctioned execution. It's a reminder of the poison pill our society has swallowed regarding human life.

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Melinda Penner

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