Saturday, April 02, 2005


Conciliatory FOX News says Schiavo autopsy may resolve disputes

FOX News

After weeks of provocative, one-sided and misleading reports, FOX News this morning appeared more conciliatory, conceding some of the hype from the Schindler camp may come out in the wash of the autopsy. FOX said:

The Pinellas County medical examiner's office said an autopsy of Terri Schiavo's body had been completed. Results will not be released for weeks.

Security remained high following death threats made by people upset that her feeding tube was removed. Sheriff's deputies guarded the medical examiner's office, local papers reported. Michael Schiavo's whereabouts were undisclosed; he and his family were still under police protection.

Michael Schiavo and his in-laws stopped speaking in 1993 as disagreements over Terri's condition grew more and more irreconcilable. The atmosphere among the once-close family members has grown only more poisonous since.

The family's internal war was thrust into the national spotlight several years ago when Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took a personal interest in the Schindlers' cause. The endorsement of his brother, President Bush, further fanned the flames.

As TV news cameras looked on, politicians and interest groups threw down for either side. What had started as a family matter became a rallying cry for religious pro-life activists and those fearful of intrusive government.

A medical examination of Schiavo's body may settle some disputes.

Michael Schiavo hopes autopsy results will put the lie to allegations he beat his wife and abused her body after she had fallen into a persistent vegetative state. The Schindlers and their allies have painted Schiavo as a less brazen Scott Peterson, nudging his wife to her death so he could be free to pursue other women.

Schiavo, who has two small children with his girlfriend, has said his in-laws encouraged him to move on with his life when it became clear their daughter would not recover.

A planned examination of Terri Schiavo's brain may also settle the question of her diagnosis. The consensus among doctors who have examined her has been that the damage was so extensive that the woman known for her quick smile and intriguing laugh had died long ago. Her parents have resisted that assessment, claiming she began to talk in her final days and said she wanted to live.

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