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Mel Martinez

In America, candid, new discussion of last wishes

WASHINGTON - The end of Terri Schiavo's life won't end the arguments over the issues raised by her case, an unusual intersection of religion, politics and morality that sparked a national conversation about self-determination, the rights of one family and just how far into our lives the government should reach. Like Karen Ann Quinlan and Nancy Cruzan before her, Schiavo's name is forever associated not with the woman she was before she suffered severe brain damage in 1990, but with the symbol she became: a martyr to some, simply a prolonged tragedy to others. For many, however, she also was the trigger for a candid discussion with friends and loved ones about how they want...