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We Choose Life

Hollie Cook

San Diego, United States

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I took this is Washington D.C. at the Supreme Court while people waited outside to hear the ruling on the Terri Schiavo case.

She was an American woman who suffered brain damage and became dependent on a feeding tube. She collapsed in her home on February 25, 1990, and experienced respiratory and cardiac arrest, resulting in extensive brain damage, a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state and 15 years of institutionalization. In 1998, Michael Schiavo, her husband and guardian, petitioned the Pinellas County Circuit Court to remove her feeding tube. Robert and Mary Schindler, her parents, opposed this, arguing she was conscious. The court determined that Schiavo would not wish to continue life-prolonging measures. This controversy lasted seven years and included involvement by politicians and advocacy groups, particularly those involved in pro-life or disability rights causes.

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