Ms. Schiavo, as most everyone knows by now, passed away, after 13 days without food or water. May God allow her now, finally, to rest in peace.
I was driving to my office from the operating room just now, listening to Fox News on satellite radio, and they interviewed Ralph Nader. I never would have thought it possible, but Mr. Nader and I have exactly the same position and reasoning as regards this case.
He believes that the court erred in continuing to allow Mr. Schiavo to serve as guardian when he had possible ulterior motives and secondary gain, and that he should have been replaced as guardian by her parents. He further stated that the court was wrong to allow belated hearsay as to the patient's wishes when there was disagreement among the family members and no written living will available.
I concur. This latter point has been my biggest bone of contention with the legal process in this case. There will be, I'm sure, argument over autopsy and disposition, but unless something remarkable turns up worth a discussion I plan leave it to the professional media.
UPDATE: An interesting post from Ace.
A sad day.
We've come to the point where you don't have to execute a living will to indicate your intention to die when deemed inconvenient by your family. Henceforth, death is the default; you need to sign a living will to make clear your desire to live.