Michael Schiavo’s Brain

The autopsy on Terri Schiavo is finally out, and supprters of “husband” Michael Schiavo’s right to pull the feeding tube are claiming vindication. The coroner’s report said Terri’s brain had shrunk to half its expected size and that she was blind at the end of her life.

Not so fast. While Michael Schiavo may have been correct that Terri was in a PVS, pro-lifers were right to raise questions and to ask for medical tests while she was alive.

There were plenty of suspicious facts in this case. (1) Terri Schiavo left no written instructions but Michael suddenly remembered she said she wanted to die after he received a big malpractice verdict (a claim strongly disputed by her family); (2) Michael Schiavo set up housekeeping with another woman and yet continued to claim the rights of a husband to terminate Terri’s life; and (3) footage supplied by the family strongly indicated that Terri had some brain function and was not in a PVS.

So if this autopsy is accurate, Michael Schiavo could have done eveyone a favor and allowed some outside medical diagnosis while Terri was alive to answer these legitimate suspicions. He refused, fueling the controversy needlessly. Thus, we need to ponder not only the state of Terri’s brain, but Michael’s.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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