Terri Schiavo Case Paper

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Abstract Terri Schindler Schiavo had heart attack and lost consciousness at home one early morning on Feb. 25, 1990. She was diagnosed with hypoxic encephalopathy, a type of brain injury which occurs due to lack of oxygen. Terri Schindler Schiavo’s husband, Michael Schiavo requested for her feeding tube to be removed since doctors stated that she is in a persistent vegetative state. This started a long legal battle with her parents that went all the way to the Supreme Court. After years of battle, the court agreed with Schiavo’s husband and Terri’s feeding tube was removed. She died two weeks after the tube was removed on March 31, 2005 (Neporent, 2015). Spouses should be able to make decisions on behalf of their partners when they are unable to make decisions on their own due to certain illness and unavailability of a living will. Terri Schiavo Incapacitated Protection bill, this “consider policies regarding the status and legal rights of incapacitated individuals who are incapable of making decisions concerning the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of foods, fluid, or…show more content…
The decision was two people against one, which upholds Judge Whittemore decision. The Appeals Court also found out the records in Congress that talks about Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube being reinserted has been removed. The schindlers filed a new appeal to the Court of Appeals again but they were refused as well. They also said Michael Schiavo had violated the ADA, which is Americans with Disability Act. On 25 March, their request was denied again by Judge Whittemore. He ruled that the the 8th Amendment refers to only in criminal cases and that Terri had not been convicted of any crim. He also made it clear to them that the actions of a husband to his wife cannot be referred as discrimination under the ADA (The Lessons,

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