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Terri Schiavo Died 10 Years Ago, but End-of-Life Debate Still Bubbling

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By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 03:19 PM

It's been 10 years since the death of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who spent 15 years in a vegetative state while family members argued over termination of life support, yet the end-of-life debate rages on nationwide.

After a series of court cases, Schiavo’s feeding tube was ultimately removed and she dies on March 31, 2005. Her husband, Michael, insisted all along that his wife wouldn’t have wanted to live on life support while her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, fought to keep her alive.

The legal battle — in which the Schindlers sought help from then-Gov. Jeb Bush, then-President George W. Bush, the Florida Legislature, and Congress — later led to a push by healthcare professionals to promote advance directives to plan for life-ending decisions.

The U.S. Living Will Registry saw a sharp increase in visits to its website in the year after Schiavo’s death, jumping to 50,000 hits a day, up from 500 and leveling off at about 2,500 hits a day, The St. Petersburg Tribune reported.

“Schiavo was huge landmark in maintaining the rights of spouses to stop any and all medical interventions,” Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, told ABC News. “But it raised all sorts of uncomfortable questions about when it becomes acceptable to remove someone from life support, even when the law makes it clear.”

The end-of-life debate has been highlighted by recent cases, including that of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who was declared brain dead after a tonsil surgery; Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California newlywed diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who moved to Oregon for the legal right to end her own life; and Marlise Munoz, whose family fought to have her removed from life support after she collapsed while 14 weeks pregnant.

Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion & Choices, an aid-in-dying advocacy organization, told Time that Schiavo’s case brought attention to concerns that previously weren’t widely considered.

“One of the American people’s greatest fears is that someone other than themselves will make these decisions,” Coombs Lee said. “This isn’t political or partisan, it’s personal. And that was the first time people realized how intrusive government could actually be.”

Twitter users remembered Schiavo on the 10-year anniversary of her death.




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