In a startling revelation, Terri Schaivo's ex-husband Michael admitted in an interview that his new book Terri: The Truth was written to "settle some scores" with Terri's family rather than honor the memory of the woman at the center of a national euthanasia battle. - LifeNews
The MSNBC interview the article is based upon is found here.
I understand why many will see Schiavo's "revelation" as "startling". However, it does seem rather consistent with prior testimony he gave during a 1999 depostion:
Q. Have you considered turning the guardianship over to Mr. and Mrs. Schindler?What I find remarkable is his assertion that an affair (he actually had multiple) while staying married to Terri was somehow honorable:
SCHIAVO: No, I have not.
Q. And why?
SCHIAVO: I think that's pretty self explanatory.
Q. I'd like to hear your answer.
SCHIAVO: Basically I don't want to do it.
Q. And why don't you want to do it?
SCHIAVO: Because they put me through pretty much h*** the last few years.
Q. And can you describe what you mean by h***?
SCHIAVO: The litigations they put me through.
Q. Any other specifics besides the litigation?
SCHIAVO: Just their attitude towards me because of the litigations. There is no other reason. I'm Terri's husband and I will remain guardian.
Lauer: People have often asked. Michael why didnít you divorce Terri, you were living with Jodi.An appeal to sentimentally as a justification for adultery? Yet, this didn't stop Michael's legal representative, George Felos, at the expense of Terriís medical fund, from likening Terri to a "houseplant".
Michael Schiavo: Why do I have to divorce Terri? Terri wasnít like a footballó an inanimate object you pass back and forth. She was my wife. You mean because your wife gets sick, do you give her back?
Jodi Schiavo: I would think so much less of Michael had he walked away from her. That is one of the qualities in him that I so admire. That up against everything...he stuck by her...
Jivin responds here... Wouldn't all wives like a husband that sticks by them like that?.