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Terri Schiavo

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01/01/2011Walter Block

The case of Terri Schiavo is almost as controversial as it is tragic. In 1990 Mrs. Schiavo, who reached her 40th year in 2005, fell victim to brain damage. She has been in a vegetative state ever since, kept alive not under her own power, but aided by a welter of feeding tubes and other paraphernalia of modern medicine.

The controversy? Her husband Michael is adamant that the doctors pull the plug on Terri, and her parents are just as determined to keep her alive.

Volume 22, Number 1 (2011)


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Block, Walter. "Terri Schiavo." Journal of Libertarian Studies 22, No. 1 (2011): 527–536.