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March 20, 2005

Terri’s Gentle Death

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:34 pm

Via Drudge, FRC has audio of Terri Schiavo‘s apparent reaction to having her feeding tube removed. That site is pretty slow at the moment, so here’s a mirror copy until traffic settles down. And if you’re interested, here’s a link to the compromise bill that was passed by the Senate today and is now being debated in was just passed overwhelmingly in the House as we speak, after being delayed half a day by Congressional Democrats.

UPDATE: Via NZPundit, here’s the legal definition of “persistent vegetative state” under Florida Statutes § 765.101(12):

“Persistent vegetative state” means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:

(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of any kind.

(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.

UPDATE x2: Slobokan and Austin mirror the audio also.

UPDATE x3: Some guy purporting to be Patterico has more. I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the post, but you can read it – if you want – here.

UPDATE x4: This may be one of those not fake but not accurate moments. According to the Blue State Conservative, Teri Schiavo’s brother has explained that the audio is not from last Friday, but was made in 2004. He also adds, however, that the sounds heard on this audio are similar to those they heard on Friday, in person. Meanwhile, the Family Research Council, the original source of the audio, maintains that the recording was made on Friday afternoon, shortly after the tube was removed. That distinction is important. On the one hand, a tape from either 2004 or 2005 would tend to rebut the view that Terri is in a “persistent vegetative state,” as that phrase is defined under Florida law. On the other, it’s not clear whether that horrible moaning is in response to being starved to death, or in response to something else (if anything). Recall that the last time her feeding tube was removed was in 2003, not 2004.

9 Responses to “Terri’s Gentle Death”

  1. Michelle Malkin Says:


    President Bush signed emergency legislation that will allow Terri Schiavo’s parents to ask a federal judge to prolong their daughter’s life. Thanks to the Family Research Council, you can listen to audio of Schiavo and her father following the remova…

  2. Myopic Zeal :: Bush Signs Schiavo Legislation Says:

    […] e, here, here and here. There are others here and here. She also references NZPundit and Xrlq who have the legal definition of “Peristent Vegitative State” … read […]

  3. The Blue State Conservatives Says:

    Terri Schiavo Audio

    Here is audio of Terri Schiavo after having her feeding tube removed. (h/t Patterico Pontifications with audio provided by xrlq)…

  4. CodeBlueBlogMD Says:

    Today I listened to an ethicist – on NPR, of course – claim that because Terri Schiavo has no functioning cerebral cortex she is not alive (he did not give a volume of cortex that he considers necessary to declare life, nor did he specify what Terri’s specific volume of reasidual cortex is)..

    I understand that, for many, the definition of what constitutes life is a difficult challenge.

    But do we not know death when we see it?

    So, is the argument now, is Terri dead?

    I tried to make some sense of this today at my CodeBlueBlog:


  5. Patterico Says:

    After all your criticism of Matt Drudge, you got taken in by Matt Drudge?

    For all we know, the horrible moaning is her trying to say “kill me.” We really don’t know.

  6. spacedog Says:

    Play the audio backwards and it says, “Show me that Pam and Tommy Lee video again.”

  7. Xrlq Says:

    Huh? What did I get “taken” on? If I was “taken” by anybody, it was the Family Research Council, not Drudge. Drudge merely linked to it.

  8. Patterico Says:

    Okay. I never saw their website, so I didn’t know what they said. Heck , I never saw Drudge’s link on this either, just yours.

  9. Jennifer Cannon Says:

    This audio was nothing. Terri was not speaking, just randomly moaning.

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