Terry Schiavo’s family faced a heart-rending decision. As
she hung between life and death, family members wrangled, in agony. Each side
wanted what was best for her, and the two sides never were able to agree. This
was an intensely private matter. How unfortunate that the politicians of the
day chose to make her fate a public issue, and her life or death a political rallying
The United States Congress did become too involved in the Terri Schiavo case. For one, you cannot just focus on one case and let all the others fall to the wayside. And, secondly, this is a family matter and an issue between them and the doctor. The decision should not have been scrutinized nor made public.
When Congress began to draft special laws specific to Terri Schiavo in order to prevent her humane release from life, they had gone too far in stepping into the private lives of individuals. Congress has authorized war and turned the other way when it comes to innocents being killed in drone strikes or illegal military intervention abroad. If they are interested in preserving human life, they need to turn their attention from politicized issues like Schiavo, and make real efforts to create a more humane world.
Conservatives derided "death panels" during the Health Care debate but it is actually what local governments need in order to handle these issues. To be upfront, however, laws should be designed to handle broad circumstances and not get into the weeds. The federal government may be able to find or guide states and local governments to administer specific actions but the Congress itself was not designed to intervene on individual matters. If it was a standard practice, it would defeat the purpose of local government.
No, I do not think that they got to involved in this case at all, and I think that it was very important to them so they needed to get really involved in it. There was nothing wrong with them caring a lot about this case, since it affected them.