15 June 2005
The Terri Schiavo autopsy report is available here [link requires Adobe Reader], and it answers most, if not all, of the questions that arose. It is apparent that her condition did not arise from mistreatment, which is a relief: I would hate to think that it had. And the damage to her brain was more extensive than the Schindler family had hoped, or than perhaps they were willing to believe.
I still don't think this was enough of a justification to starve her to death, but what's done is done at least, on this side of the line that separates this world from whatever follows.
Addendum, 16 June, 7 am: Andrea Harris reminds us:
[E]ven if some people did have the hopes that she might recover some of her brain function, that was NOT the main reason so many people opposed her cruel and pointless court-approved murder. The main reason so many people opposed her cruel and pointless court-approved murder was because it was cruel and pointless.
And besides, if we weeded out everyone whose brain function was reduced below 50 percent, we'd lose most of our television and a rather large number of Congressmen.Posted at 4:59 PM to Life and/or Death