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writer and public speaker Sharon is the President and Executive
Director of The Center for Changing Worldviews, a non-profit
corporation founded for the purpose of increasing the conservative,
pro-family voice in a predominantly liberal society. Sharon
produces and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is
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responsibility on the grassroots level since 1992 through
various organizations such as Eagle Forum, so that America
will continue to be a land of liberty, respect for human
dignity and family integrity, as well as public and private
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New World Re-Visited?
Terri Schiavo case pivotal to our future…
[Sharon Hughes] 3/22/05
I have a lot of questions concerning the Terry Schiavo case.
Which arguments should be front and center in the Terry Schiavo
case - Constitutional law and the possible over-reach of Congress
or out-of-control judges? The contradictions between her family
and her husband regarding her purported wishes? Who should be
ultimately responsible for making the decision whether she lives
or dies? What are the motives of the husband for persisting so
greatly for her death?
Also, is this a legal matter or a health issue? Who are the
experts in cases like this - lawyers and judges or doctors? Why
is more weight not given to the testimonies of the doctors who
have examined her? And should judges involved in this case make
a visit to see her condition for themselves?
One doctor who has seen Terri on three separate occasions, according to
the Christian Wire Service of
Clearwater, Florida, is Dr. William Hammesfahr, nominated for
the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1999, and recognized
for his new approaches to helping brain injured individuals,
and was identified by Judge Susan Kirkland, in a ruling for
the State of Florida Department of Health, as "the first
physician to restore deficits caused by stroke."
to Terri Schiavo's condition, which is hypoxic encephalopathy,
of stroke, Dr. Hammesfahr made the following statement
today: "There are many approaches that would help Terri
Schiavo. I know, because I had the opportunity to personally
examine her, her medical records, and her X-rays. It is time
to help Terri, instead of just warehousing her. She would have
benefited from treatment years ago, but it is not to late to
start now. We and others I know have treated many patients worse
than Terri, and have seen them regain independence and dignity."
also claims Terri previously has swallowed pudding, and that
she can speak. "At
least when I saw her, she would speak very slowly. She would
sort of form words, and she would
move her arms and legs at command."
There is no other evidence for Terri's 'wishes to never be on
life-support' apart from her husband, Michael Schiavo's. word
and supposedly that of a few friends. Is this legal enough? There
is nothing in writing by Terri to indicate her wishes
So, why not let her parents take care of her, and use this as
an example for the need to fine tune the laws regarding such
cases? How will we ever know if Terri could have been rehabilitated
with the help of doctors such as Dr. Hammesfahr, if she dies?
The bio-ethical issues are far more reaching than the legal
issues in this case. This is no longer a personal case unto itself,
as the Schiavo family argues. It has become pivotal to the future
direction of our society.
The major question is, will we as a nation take the 'culture
of life' road, or head down the 'culture of death' road of Huxley's
Brave New World that has nothing brave or new about it?
These questions need to be thoughtfully considered. In the meantime,
the feeding tube needs to be re-inserted in Terri, now.
[I recommend you listen to my interviews with Wesley J. Smith,
expert in bioethical issues, and William Federer on similarities
of the former Nazi Germany and Terri Schiavo's case, in our Broadcast
Hughes 2005 - Used with permission