Terri Schiavo's sister says U.S. doesn't value life
Published January 22, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The sister of Terri Schiavo said Saturday that her family's failed court struggle to keep the brain-damaged woman alive shows a society that has "lost sight of the value" of human life.
Suzanne Vitadamo said her sister did not want to die and was not in a terminal condition when her feeding tube was removed in March. Schiavo's husband, Michael, had a court order to remove the tube.
"Our society has shifted to a quality-of-life mentality and has lost sight of the value (and) sacredness of all human life," Vitadamo told about 1,000 people gathered for an annual Statehouse rally usually focused on antiabortion issues. "We now as a nation are deciding when it is okay or not okay to kill those suffering from disabilities."
Lisa Van Riper, president of South Carolina Citizens for Life, said Schiavo's case shows the "slippery slope that came from the Roe vs. Wade" decision.
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