The following information is
incorrect based on my previous misunderstanding of the phrase,
"advanced directive." I am placing it here to document my mistake and
also so that it does not interrupt the flow of the rewritten article.--Lisa Ruby
Please return to Correction.
Quick Fact is a Dangerous Lie
Let us examine the the "Quick Fact"
Though an advanced directive is required in
Florida prior to removing nutrition, Terri never had one.
Terrisfight.org is the official website for the
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation. The visitors to this highly-trafficked
website look to terrisfight.org as the last word on the legal issues involved in
Terri's case. The last word is contained in the Florida
statues, not in the politically correct slant espoused by Pamela Hennessey.
What does advanced directive mean? It means
court order. What does nutrition mean? It clearly means "nutrition by
mouth" because Judge Greer has already provided two court orders
for Terri's feeding tube removals.
Pamela Hennessey's statement, "Though an
advanced directive is required in Florida prior to removing nutrition, Terri
never had one" sends the message that Florida law requires a court order to
be given prior to dehydrating/starving Terri by mouth. This statement actually
works to cause the public and the media to think that denying a person food and
water by mouth is permitted in Florida as long as an advanced directive is
given. The truth is that it is against the law to issue such a
False "quick fact":
Though an advanced directive is required
in Florida prior to removing nutrition, Terri never had one.
True quick fact:
Under Florida law, a judge may not order
the withholding of food and water by mouth.