I really am trying to keep my now meaningless promise to stop talking about Schiavo, but I just have one quick question.
Assume Michael Schiavo did in fact wait 70 minutes to call 911 (instead of just goofing up the time 15 years later in an interview), and through the mystical powers of faith-healing, she was revived. What could he possibly be charged with? Is not calling 911 fast enough even a crime?
Here is a more cynical take than mine (is that possible?).
Nothing in the autopsy report prevents those who opposed removing Schiavo’s feeding tube from continuing to insist they were right. It’s legitimate and honorable to argue on philosophical grounds that every medical decision in a tragic circumstance such as Schiavo’s should be made on the side of keeping the sick person alive.
But those who supported an extraordinary use of federal power to force their own conclusion against the judgment of state courts knew that philosophical arguments would not be enough. Most Americans were uneasy about compelling Schiavo’s husband, Michael, to keep his wife alive if — as the state courts had concluded and as the autopsy confirmed on Wednesday — she had suffered irreversible brain damage and was incapable of recovering.
So the big-government conservatives had to invent a story. They had to insist that they knew, just knew , more about Terri Schiavo’s condition than the doctors on the scene. They had to question Michael Schiavo’s motives and imply that he wanted to, well, get rid of her.
And rather than contrition, now the sad story moves on in a new perverse direction- an investigation in to whether Michael Schiavo called 911 fast enough.