Terri Schiavo Moved to Hospital Under Questionable Circumstances

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 15, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo Moved to Hospital Under Questionable Circumstances

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 15, 2003

Tampa, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo, who is at the center of a battle between her parents and her husband in an attempt to remove her feeding tube and euthanize her, was moved from hospice care to a hospital under questionable circumstances.

Terri was admitted to the emergency room at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida after allegedly becoming ill.

In a statement obtained by LifeNews.com, Schiavo’s parents say the move was done at Michael Schiavo’s request and Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, were not notified of the transfer. They did not find out until 24 hours after the transfer was completed.

Staff at the hospital have been notified by Michael’s attorneys not to notify Terri’s parents of her condition. However, a 1996 court order requires he notify Terri’s parents in the event of a change in medical condition. That order, issued by the Circuit Court for Pinellas County, has been ignored Terri’s parents say.

Michael’s attorney, George Felos, claims Terri was coughing up blood and was undergoing tests to detemine the cause. He said he condition is not serious.

Bob Schindler was finally able to visit Terri Friday and he said her condition appears stable.

Wesley Smith, author of Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder, is horrified but not surprised at the development.

“A growing number of people no longer believe that cognitively disabled people possess the same inherent human worth and right to live," Smith said.

Terri’s case, says Smith, is a terrifying warning of how far our society has gone down the slippery slope to legalized murder.

Removing Terri from the feeding tube would cause her death. Michael says that is her wish, but doctors for the parents say that Terri, with proper rehabilitation care, could recover. Terri Schiavo is on no form of artificial life support.

Michael Schiavo has been providing only maintenance care for his wife since receiving an insurance award that provided $300,000 to him for lost companionship and $700,000 to provide for his wife’s medical care and rehabilitation.

Michael is currently living with another woman with whom he has had a child, though he is still legally married to Terri

Related web sites:

Terri Schiavo’s Parent’s Site – https://terrisfight.org