If nothing changes in her favor, and we must face the fact that it isn’t likely to given the state of our laws and the culture that drives them, the State of Florida, acting on the unrelenting desire of her husband, will slowly starve Terry Schiavo to death beginning a week from today.

Resistance to such crimes can be measured in small acts too numerous to mention: prayers, petition cards, legal motions, telling our neighbors stories that witness to her personhood, even the offer of a million dollars to ransom Ms. Schiavo from the grip of men tenaciously intent on murder.

One such act was an essay, Let Live or Make Die?, written by William Luse and published in this month’s edition of Touchstone.