Matthew R. Perry

Terri Schiavo’s death — one year later

In Culture, Politics on March 31, 2006 at 10:15 pm

Remember Terri Schiavo?  Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Seminary notes that our attention-deficient society has all but forgotten her and moved on to other things (click here to read his article).  To often we define 'life' as what that 'life' can contribute to society and the culture at large.  Thus, the abortion advocates say that the human embryo is not 'life' because it cannot contribute, the terminally-ill elderly person, the ones in a vegetative state, and those falling into those categories often desire to have their lives ended (or in the case of Michael Schiavo, desire to end the life of his own spouse) because they cannot contribute to society, drain the resources of the caretakers, or whatever other reason may be out there.  I understand as a pastor that hard decisions need to be made and have counseled many who have struggled with this issue of when to end life and when not to.  I'll speak more on this later on, but Schiavo's death and the way it was publicized and politicized does not bode well for the future of our country.

Note what Gary Bauer of American Values had to say:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo. If any good can come of her passing it is the recognition of the importance of electing legislators determined to stand up for our most innocent and vulnerable citizens; legislators who will appoint judges who recognize the right to life at the foundation of our Constitution.The Schiavo tragedy also highlighted the contributions that the disabled can make to the lives of those around them. Weighing in two years before her death, a New York Times editorial philosophized: “True respect for life includes recognizing not just when it exists, but when it ceases to be meaningful.” As usual, the Times just didn’t get it.

We live in a nation where nine of every ten Down syndrome babies are aborted once their disability is detected; a society whose courts have created a jurisprudence to justify “murders of convenience.” While our society disposes of its weakest members, it is the weak and disabled among us who have the innate strength and ability to compel us to strive for and fulfill the most profound and difficult of human obligations – to love unconditionally.

My friends, Terri Schiavo’s heroic life was an inspiration to all those who knew her or learned her story. Let’s hope her life inspires our nation to renew its commitment to protecting all human life.

Where do we draw the line?  Any thoughts? 


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