It is a travesty that Terry Schiavo’s husband, Michael, is her legal guardian. He lives with another woman, by whom he has two children. That this man has the final say in Terry’s life is nothing short of a crime. That his word is sacrosanct as to her final wishes is simply wrong. Why does he not turn over guardianship to the parents who love and care for Terry? This whole case exposes a mad loophole in the legal system. But even more horrifying are the so-called “progressive elements” in society who will go to the ends of the earth to prolong the life of a murderer on death row, but have decided that “enough is enough” and it’s time for this unfortunate young woman to die. They tell us that her “quality of life” is so poor that death is a better alternative.
In Jewish law, there is absolutely no concept of “quality of life.” There is only life–which is holy. Beware of men and women who presume to judge the quality of your life. I well remember an interview with Christopher Reeve’s mother a few years after her son’s accident. She admitted that her first thought after learning of her son’s condition was that “Chris would prefer to be dead than live this way.” It goes without saying that she changed her mind; and Chris Reeve changed many minds about what a man with severe disablities can accomplish .