Thursday, September 01, 2005

Boy Explains Bioethics And Moral Theology


Joshua Heldreth, the 10-year old boy who was arrested on Good Friday for trying to give Terri Schiavo a glass of water as she lay dying, wrote a letter of apology to the Court as part of his sentence for trespassing on the grounds of the hospice where Terri was warehoused. Heldreth's sentence also included 25 hours of community service.

According to Lifesite, which links to the full text of the child's letter, Heldreth wrote:"I knew she would die without water and I am called by Jesus to be a defender of the defenceless. So I had to go on your property to try to bring her a drink."

Meanwhile, Terri's killer, Michael Schiavo, has been invited by a guy who calls himself "Dr. Humane Death" to appear at an ethics conference, and in Missouri, the state has redefined feeding tubes and respirators as optional and Medicaid will no longer pay for them. In the Terri Schiavo case, lawyers for her husband had successfully argued that feeding tubes were medical procedures and not basic care.