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Schiavo vs. Schiavo

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Oct 30, 2003

Maggie Gallagher has a knack for cutting through tangles of euphemism and spearing a problem through the heart.

Michael Schiavo, who wants the hospital to discontinue giving Terri food and water, is Terri's husband in the sense that 13 years ago he was married to her. He is now living with another woman, who has given him one child and is pregnant with another. A million-dollar medical malpractice judgment is at stake: If he divorces Terri, she would get it. If he gets the hospital to refuse her food and water, he and his concubine and their children will get it. The conflict of interest is palpable. Terri and Michael are no longer "one flesh."

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 30, 2003 7:48 PM ET USA

    It is likely that very few non-subscribers to CWN are aware of Michael's domestic situation. Check stories in the newspapers and on the wire services and see how often it's mentioned. I went through about a dozen of them on various major papers' Websites the day the court decided to starve Terri to death and found several long stories, all of which included several paragraphs of background. None of them mentioned her husband's situation. 0.

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