U.S. Districtl Judge James Whittemore, a 1999 Clinton appointee, failed to have Schiavo feeding tube reinserted. Ugh................Terri is on a death vigil. The judge 's decision is based on the strength (or in this case weakness) of the Schiavo parents case. The bottom line is the parents won't prevail, they have a slim legal leg to stand on, and the judge cannot put the tube back in if the outcome is evident (not for life). In other words, there is no chance the parents will succeed.
What we are seeing here is the old fashioned law being applied to the contemporary idea of "starter marriages", multiple marriages, and the breakdown of the American family. MARRIAGE AS AN ABSOLUTE -Bottom line is when these laws were written, marriage was a more sacred institution and husbands and wives, by and large, stayed together for life.
According to Terri's best friends (two of which were on Linda Vesta's daily show yesterday), Terri was most unhappy in the marriage. She was planning to leave, Michael was a control freak that monitored Terri's every move. She had to come straight home from work everyday. Michael would go ballistic (!) iF Terri was ever late. He would even check the odometer on the car to check for mileage to see if Terri went anywhere other than she was suppsoed to go. Invariably she and her friends would never take Terri's car, for fear of enraging Michael Schiavo. Insofar as the alleged abuse, her friend said she saw a good many black and blue marks but never thought anything of it so I will not speculate further. Yes this is all heresay but it speaks to a much larger break in the infrastructure of American Society. The continuous chipping away at the solemnity and sanctity of marriage by the left have brought us to this disastrous fork in the road.
That being said, the bottom line is Michael Schiavo SHOULD NOT BE MAKING THIS DECISION. He does not have Terri's best interest at heart, not for one second. The marriage was broken. Terri was leaving this control freak and taking an apartment with her friend. Therein lies the problem. This man would not be Terri's husband had this happened one or two years later. Today, multiple marriages are commonplace, so the ramifications of implicit spousal authority are spectacular and terrifying as this case so painfully shows. This being the law of the land (the sanctity and purity of marriage), the courts have no choice. Truth be told, I would not want my husband making this decision....................how many times have you been married (those who have never been married do not reply).