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Terri Schiavo: (1963–2005) Pennsylvania woman who, following entry into a persistent vegetative state in a hospital in Florida became the centre of a seven-year legal and political battle to determine whether or not the feeding tube should be removed. At the height of the controversy, President George W. Bush signed emergency legislation to keep Schiavo alive. [e]

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  • Medical ethics [r]: The study of moral values as they apply to medicine. [e]
  • Persistent vegetative state [r]: Vegetative state refers to the neurocognitive status of individuals with severe brain damage, in whom physiologic functions (sleep-wake cycles, autonomic control, and breathing) persist, but awareness (including all cognitive function and emotion) is abolished. [e]
  • Social conservatism [r]: A political ideology that holds to a belief in following cultural tradition and traditional, often religious morality. [e]


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