There is now a great deal of news coverage on the Terri Schiavo story; as of 9:00 this morning, Google News cataloged over 1,600 stories in worldwide media concerning her plight. As of right now, it seems that she may be allowed to live for a short while longer. Every day is another victory, and we must continue to pray for Terri—a lot rides on her case. Can we let someone starve to death as many would have Terri do?
We must be careful, however, to not demonize and condemn Michael Schiavo - Terri's husband who is working towards taking away her nutrition. While it is true that he is living with another woman right now, there are still facts about his life which remain unclear. We must be sure to be loving towards our fellow man; instead of spreading rumors, please pray for Michael.
Please also pray for the judges who are involved in the many cases dealing with the Terri Schiavo case. So far, we have seen, time after time, judges stepping over their boundaries and making or breaking laws. The judges in these cases are not evil—they are human, too. They can be helped by your prayer; not by curses and shouting.
There are many, many ways to contact your legislative representatives and let them know you are in support of Terri Schiavo and the right-to-life that is ensured by our Constitution. Our country is one one the edge of a razor blade right now. We must make a great effort to promote the most fundamental right for all mankind: the right to life.
UPDATE (also see my 2nd update below): Catholic World News reports:
A Florida judge on Friday, just minutes before the deadline for removal of a disabled woman's feeding tube, ordered a temporary hold on his previous order. The decision came after Congress subpoenaed disabled woman Terri Schiavo, her husband Michael Schiavo, her parents Bob & Mary Schindler, and two of her doctors.
Although it is obvious that Terri will not be able to attend any congressional hearings, the subpoenas make it a federal offense to tamper with a person who is the recipient of such an order. As a congressional witness, Terri is the beneficiary of many legal protections.
This inquiry should give hope to Terri, her parents and friends and the millions of people throughout the world who are praying for her safety,' House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Government Reform chairman Tom Davis said in a joint statement. ``This fight is not over.'
Truly, the fight is not over. And so we pray on.
UPDATE 2: It would seem that Terri's feeding tube has, in fact, been pulled.