The House acted late Wednesday evening after a Florida appeals court refused, earlier in the day, to block the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.This particular case is far beyond the debate over what constitutes a meaningful recovery or consciousness-- there is no recovery possible as her cebreal cortex is mostly fluid. I think if you ask most people what they'd want to happen to them in this situation, if they were Terri, I think they'd say they wouldn't want to live like this.
The House bill, passed on a voice vote, would move such a case to federal court. Federal judges have twice turned down efforts by the parents to move the case out of Florida courts, citing a lack of jurisdiction.
Senate Republicans are introducing a separate bill to give Schiavo and her family standing in federal court, and they hope it can be debated on Thursday, a GOP aide said.
Under the House legislation, a federal judge would decide whether withholding or withdrawing food, fluids or medical treatment from an incapacitated person violates the Constitution or U.S. law.
There are two words that would would have prevented all of this heartache and pain-- living will. I have one, do you?