The Terri Schiavo Case Analytical Essay by ABCs

The Terri Schiavo Case
An overview of the legal battles surrounding the Terri Schiavo right to life case.
# 113454 | 1,504 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 02, 2009 in Law (Historic Trials) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper explains the controversy between Terri Schiavo's husband and parents about what Terri would have wanted in terms of sustaining or ending her life in the vegetative state that she was in and who had the right to speak for her. The paper discusses the most noted court rulings and proceedings regarding this case, that involved the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Senate. The paper shows how Florida state and federal courts upheld the Constitution's 14th Amendment to an individual's right to privacy and Florida's laws defining a vegetative state.

From the Paper:

"The Terri Schiavo case represents one of the most widely publicized legal battles regarding the right to life. CBC News explains the catalysts of the situation (Indepth: Terri Schiavo, 2005). In 1990, Terri suffered severe brain damage after her heart stopped, interfering with oxygen flow to her brain. Although doctors said that she was in a persistent vegetative state, she was able to breathe on her own and to live with the assistance of a feeding tube. Her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, and her parents, the Schindlers, disagreed about how the situation should be handled and were involved in a protracted legal dispute beginning in 1998. Michael said his wife has said she would never want to be kept alive if she were is a vegetative state and requested that the courts allow doctors to remove her feeding tube. The Schindlers accused Michael of lying about his wife's wishes and demanded that the feeding tube remain in place. Michael eventually won and Terri Schiavo died in 2005 after her feeding tube was removed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bush v. Schiavo.
  • Kollas, C.D. and Boyer-Kollas, B. (2006, October 1). Journal of palliative medicine. 9(5): 1145-1163. doi:10.1089/jpm.2006.9.1145.
  • Euthanasia and Terri Schiavo.
  • Euthansia and Terri Schiavo b.
  • Indepth: Terri Schiavo (2005, March 31). CBC News.

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