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FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS1Bioethical Case: Terri SchiavoSarah Otenburg OropesaSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIHP 420 – Mr. Kevin CallawayMarch 1, 2020
DRAFT OF FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS2Bioethical Case: Terri SchiavoIntroductionOn February 25, 1990, Twenty-six years old Terri Schiavo collapsed and suffered from cardiac arrest. Her brain was deprived of oxygen that left her severely damaged and in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS). Michael Schiavo (Terri’s husband) requested to get rid of the feeding tube that gave her sustenance. He firmly believes that his wife wouldn’t want to live her life that way. “Persistent vegetative state refers to another form of altered consciousness in whichthe person appears to be awake but does not respond meaningfully to the outside world. In this condition, the person’s eyes may be open, and there may be some yawning, grunting, or other vocalizations [ CITATION Har17 \l 1033 ].” The Schindlers (Parents of Terri) contend that the tube is kept because they believe that Terri’s conscious was still in that body, and that’s what she would have wanted. In this case, Terri did not have advance care planning, so it was up to the judicial system to decide what’s best for her. The court of Florida consistently favored Michael Schiavo as mandated by law. Removing the tube meant no nourishing substance would be given to Terri. In 2003, A legislative branch passed Terri’s law, which gave the facility power to reattach her feeding tube. Terri’s law later declared unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme court; however, the politician’s pursued this case. President Bush and Congress enacted in 2005 and transferred jurisdiction from state court to federal judiciary. They went on and on until State