Slate has some interesting stuff on Terri Schiavo. The autopsy showed she was blind. However:
That isn't what Schiavo's parents, pro-lifers, and congressional Republicans told us all these years. They said videos showed her eyes following people and objects. "In the video footage, which you can actually see on the Web site today, she certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist declared three months ago as he spearheaded a congressional invasion of the case.
In fact Terri was more than blind. Half her brain was gone. She had no mind, could not form thoughts, could not think. Conservatives cannot deal with reality. I know why Terri's parents believed this. The question is why did everyone else do so. Or did they?