Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, and consults for the Patients Rights Council.

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Preventing Another Terri Schiavo

From First Thoughts

I was traveling when Terri Schiavo died, the victim of a bitter injustice. It was a very sad day for her family and a black mark on the history of American jurisprudence. We can create a lasting legacy for Terri by acting legislatively to provide greater protections for people, who like Terri, are . . . . Continue Reading »

Rubber Stamping Terri’s Dehydration

From First Thoughts

When Congress directed the federal courts to take a fresh look at the Schiavo case, it was to be “de novo,” that is, to relook at the evidence with a fresh eye. Yet, Judge James D. Whittemore looks to have been more of a rubber stamp. For example, the federal courts were to determine . . . . Continue Reading »