Terri Schiavo passed away today, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed. An autopsy will be performed.
I think this New York Times editorial expresses my feelings on her death well enough that I have little to add.
Some people hold religious convictions so heartfelt that they could not bow to public opinion or the courts and accept the fact that Ms. Schiavo should be allowed to die. They deserve respect, just as her husband and her family members deserve sympathy. The frightening thing about the case was that other people, far more powerful and far less emotionally involved, looked at the world we live in today, in which politics is about maximizing hysteria at the margins, and concluded that the fight was one that would pay off in worldly terms as well.
But today, finally, there is a moment of consensus. Rest in peace, Theresa Marie.
But please, read the whole thing before commenting.