Unlawful Intervention

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Unlawful Intervention

This is just all so wrong.
Congressional leaders announced a compromise that would allow the brain-damaged woman's case to be reviewed by federal courts that could restore her feeding tube.

The Senate convened briefly Saturday evening to give formal permission for the House to meet Sunday, when it otherwise would be adjourned for the Easter recess.
"We should investigate every avenue before we take the life of a living human being," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. "That's the very least we can do for her."
Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist who is acting as a Schindler family spokesman, described the parents as "hopeful" that the congressional compromise would succeed. He said the parents also were concerned about the tight security in their daughter's room, which includes a police officer standing guard.

"They are so determined to kill her that they don't want mom or dad to even put an ice chip in her mouth," Terry said.

In Tallahassee, Gov. Jeb Bush's spokesman Jacob DiPietre said the governor applauded the actions in Congress and would work with legislative leaders "to adjust our laws in a similar fashion."
President Bush, who has said he favors a "presumption of life" for Schiavo, would also have to sign the bill into law. Schiavo, 41, could linger for one or two weeks if the tube is not reinserted - as has happened twice before.
Michael Schiavo was at his wife's bedside after the tube was removed and said he felt that "peace was happening" for her. "And I felt like she was finally going to get what she wants, and be at peace and be with the Lord," he said.
As much as we all hate polls, I've found the numbers on this issue quite illuminating-- especially since Republicans are politicizing an issue that goes against public opinion.
It has been the contention of Schiavo's husband that his wife would not want to be kept alive artificially, and the poll finds that nearly three-quarters of Americans would feel the same way — 74 percent say they would want their guardian to remove their feeding tube, with 15 percent saying they would want the tube to remain.
and of course...
Few believe the government (2 percent) or the patient's doctor (3 percent) should make the call.

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