The media paint this as a victory for Michael the Scumbag, but Sean Hannity (who has been unusually lucid on this one) nicely refuted their points:
1. No one disputes “Massive brain damage”; the question is this very *concept* of a “persistent vegetative state,” and how many medical professionals disagree that there is such a thing.
2. The blindness “discovery”: the autopsy doesn’t say how *long* she was blind. The blindness could have been a later development.
3. While there is no proof of physical abuse, there is also no proof against it, and the autopsy does not even discuss the broken bones.
4. Since Michael’s contention is that she had bulimia & a heart attack, his side is refuted in that there’s no proof of either bulimia *or* a heart attack.
5. It still gets to the point that a human life is a human life, regardless of what faculties it is missing. Life begins at conception and ends at natural death. Pro-death politicians like Bill Frist can cover their butts, but this is still an atrocity.
But I’d like to say a word for a minute about the Schindler family. I may have made this point before. . . .
Now, the Left says, “SEE? She had no hope of recovery! BWA-HA-HA-HA!”
The Schindlers say, “We know she had no hope of recovery, but that doesn’t mean we love her less.”
But that bothers me. There is never “no hope.” Dum spiro spero. There is always hope in Christ. A few weeks before Terri’s death, the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was brought to the Hospice. Now, there is an apostolate of “pilgrim statues” that travel different regions of the world. We had one in our house for a week a couple years ago. But this is *the* Pilgrim Statue of OLF, the original, that has been touring the world since 1947.
Fulton Sheen wrote about the miracles associated with this statue–how its presence in North Africa led to the conversions of many Muslims (and it is just as hard to convert a Muslim to Christianity as it is to convert a Christian to Judaism). I once read the memoirs of one of the guardians. The guardians of this statue suffer direct, physical manifestations of demonic attack. They must live lives of the utmost purity. The statue itself is surrounded by mysteries and miracles.
Doves flying out of its crate; roses; etc. When they’d take it into the Soviet Bloc, guards would search the bus, walk right past the statue, and apparently not even see it.
Well, the story goes that, amazingly, there was no police presence at the Hospice the night the Pilgrim Statue was there. The protesters were able to bring the statue *into* the hospice and past Terri’s door.
Eye-witnesses testify to this, and claim that, when the statue passed, Terri arose from her bed and danced, then returned to her bed.
The story spread like wildfire in the Catholic media–UNTIL the Schindlers (who admittedly were not present) said, “That’s impossible. We don’t want to spread false hope.”
That is when they lost their fight. The fact that they’ve carried on this crusade for so long attests to the strength of their Catholic convictions, but those convictions seem to rise no farther than morality. Christ said taht faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Miracles happen every day; they’re just ignored and covered up by the Prince of this World.
To deny the possibility of such a striking miracle is to deny God’s power at all.