U. S. District Court Judge James Whittemore has become the latest accessory to Terri Schiavo's murder by refusing to allow her feeding tube to be reinserted. Judge Whittemore based his decision on the finding that Terri's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments. Terri's parents will now appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta in an attempt to reverse the ruling.
Although there are many that will claim it is not worth fighting for Terri's life, Cal Thomas points out today that this case has substantial implications for our society at large:
The Schiavo case should not be viewed in isolation. It is part of a flow that began in modern times with abortion-on-demand and will continue, if not stopped, with euthanasia. Once a single category of life is devalued, all other categories quickly become vulnerable.