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Remembering Terri Schiavo; the unalienable right to life

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InsuranceTo the editor:

It has been five years since our family has moved to Lincoln. It is, sadly, easy enough for us to remember the precise season. It was March of 2005. On my wife's birthday (the 18th), a judge ordered the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo removed, and with our nation we were gripped by the story. Before the month was over (on the 31st), Terri had died of starvation/dehydration. We don't believe we'll ever forget the moment we heard the expected, yet horrifying news: Terri was gone. And our family grieved.

Folks around us had mixed reactions. "It is complicated," some said, wishing not to become too involved in a controversial matter.

Some were curious about our opinion on the subject, learning that we have a daughter, Kari, similar to Terri (we are convinced the evidence shows Terri was less disabled than is our daughter). And some were also truly sympathetic and shared in our grief -- grief for a family in Florida and grief for a culture that had taken one more step away from valuing each human life.

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Kari was 18 at the time. Thankfully she is still with us. She has had some major battles to fight within these five years. While we are very concerned about the overall direction in which the American culture continues to flow with regard to issues of life, we are grateful that there are those who join us in valuing our severely disabled daughter. Our family doctor, Thomas Zwilling, is a great support to us. We appreciate his competence and compassion. Nearly two years ago, ALMH provided excellent care at a precarious time -- we nearly lost Kari to pneumonia. And there are neighbors and friends who have come to know and love Kari and express their support in a variety of ways.

As we look back on a sad season for our country, a time that to us is similar to Jan. 22, 1973, we wish to also look on the bright side and express thanks for those in this community who stand with us -- those who continue to believe our Creator has endowed us with the unalienable right to life.

Ron and Joan Denlinger

[Posted April 20, 2010]

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