Today is March 18, the date on which Florida judge Greer said that Michael Schiavo could remove the feeding tube from his wife, Terri, so that she might begin to die of starvation.
I’ll link here to a summary by Jeremy Lott of Get Religion, because he frames this as another example of “judicial usurpation” of the authority that rightly belongs to the legislatures, and the people.
If the courts are prepared to sanction murder by starvation as a remedy for irreversible medical conditions, and it appears that they are, will Terri’s case serve as a precedent that starts us applying the same standard and “cure” to other chronically ill people?
Update: Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed this afternoon by court order. All Things 2 All has updated information.
Also, Joe Carter has an interesting post at Evangelical Outpost on the question, When is it right for citizens to disobey the law? He suggests that one option (not taken in this case) is to simply refuse to carry out the lawful but immoral order of the courts to remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. What do you think?