Terri Schiavo's Right to Life
First off if you don't know Terri's story this is the link to go to. Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, " was taken off life support more than a decade ago and still managed to survive. Since she cannot feed herself, a feeding tube is being used to sustain her. Her parents want to keep feeding her. Her husband does not. He insists that Schiavo would not want to be kept alive by artificial means." Is it right for him to speak for her, when she can’t speak for herself.
Her family has requested that he agree to dissolution of marriage and to let them take over her care. He does not desire this. He wants to have her feeding tube removed so that she can die from starvation and dehydration. An article by Brainstorming made me think of something and here it is. And remember, Terri is a PERSON, not a pet.
In Florida: FLA. STAT. ?? 828.12 et seq. -- last amended 1999
Statute Summary: A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person:
Overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates or kills any animal, or carries in a cruel manner; intentionally commits an act which results in a cruel death, or the repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering; fails to supply a confined animal with sufficient food, water, or exercise, or abandons any animal.
* Cruelty to animals.
o 1st Degree Misdemeanor
o Fine up to $5000.
o Imprisonment up to 1 year.
* Intentional cruelty.
o 3rd Degree Felony
o Fine up to $10,000.
o Imprisonment up to 5 years.
Forfeiture of Animal/Seizure: Both
Other Sentencing Provisions: Cost of care.
Exemptions: Veterinary care.
Summary: If a person intentionally commits an act which results in a cruel death, or the repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering; fails to supply ... with sufficient food, water, or exercise, .....the said person would be charged with a 3rd degree felony, fine up to $10,000 dollars, and imprisonment up to 5 years. They would be required to forfeit rights and provide cost of care expenses.
Hmmmmmm. So this is what happens to an animal, but in the case of a person, the husband is trying to gain the right to deny food and water which will result in the cruel death of his wife. Does this seem wrong to anyone else?
To help support Terri, there is a blogburst that has been established. Check it out and help save a life