I read nearly every comment here, and I have yet to see mention of the fact that Terri was TERMINALLY ILL. As a Hospice nurse, I can vouch for the fact that there are very specific guidelines for whether a person is terminal. As one of the neurologists said at the time, if a person cannot talk, understand, eat, drink, take care of one's basic needs, walk, turn over, or otherwise function in ANY meaningful way, one IS terminally ill. Keeping people "alive" under those circumstances is cruel and pointless. NO ONE said Terri's life had no value because she was so severely compromised! Of course her life had value. But it is disingenuous to assert that she was starved or dehydrated to death. The autopsy revealed that her brain was gel.