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“Terri Schiavo - Reflections One Month Later”

Quite often time will allow wounds to heal, fondness to grow, grief to subside and even anger to mellow.  Sometimes passage of time is needed before a problem can be understood more clearly.  However, a month following the starvation death of Terri Schiavo I find I’m still haunted by a myriad of very troubling questions, none of which have easy answers:

I have only one possible answer to the above questions, as difficult as it is to write.  The Lord Himself took this woman’s plight, elevated it to national and international levels, and had her death by starvation and dehydration extend over thirteen days so we could not possibly ignore it.  After 32 years of legalized abortions for any (or no) reason, after probably thousands of infants and elderly have been euthanized by family or doctors because their “quality of life” is less than ideal, after all this destruction of life, this case has shamed us - as a nation and as a community.  We as a people have failed to protect and honor an innocent life, just as we have for millions of others.

We have learned a lot about ourselves and our nation in the last several months.  We have seen very vividly the advance of the culture of death that has invaded our lives for decades.  Unless we stand up and say no more, where do you think this will end?  What are we going to do?  How are you going to make a difference in the future.  The time has come to take stock and to be like the men of Issachar (1 Chron 12:32) who “understood the times and knew what to do”.  May we now consider what we need to do, and begin to do it.

- Frank Kacer

First published as a Guest Commentary in the May 2005 issue of Good News Etc.