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February 6, 2005

Florida Legislators can still act to save Terri Schindler-Schiavo

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

The Florida legislature begins it's next session on March 8, 2005

The September 23, 2004 Florida Supreme Court decision striking down "Terri's Law" under which Governor Jeb Bush had ordered that she not be starved and dehydrated to death is not necessarily the last word.  Although the court struck the protective law down because it overruled the judiciary in one particular case, the way is still open to pass a law that would be generally applicable to people with disabilities, including Terri Schindler-Schiavo.

Currently, the state requires that someone present Florida courts with "clear and convincing evidence" showing that the patient wanted to be denied food and fluids.  In the Schiavo case, Terri went six days without food and fluids because the judge ruled that an alleged casual comment fulfilled the clear and convincing evidence standard.  A bill introduced earlier this year, the Florida Starvation and Dehydration of Persons with Disabilities Act, would mandate that a decision to put someone to death by starvation or dehydration could only occur if the patient had made the statement under express and informed consent. It is carefully written to be "constitutional" under prior decisions of the Florida Supreme Court. to contact Florida representatives and senators to urge them to commit to support, in a special session if necessary, enactment of the Florida Starvation and Dehydration of Persons with Disabilities Prevention Act, similar to last year's S.B. 692, to save Terri Schindler-Schiavo and others like her.

IF YOU ARE NOT A FLORIDA RESIDENT, you may wish to contact:

9485 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 108
Jacksonville, FL  32225-8145
(904) 727-3600
Fax: (904) 727-3603

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Posted by Hyscience at February 6, 2005 12:20 PM

How can this be America? It does not resemble in any fashion the wholesome values I grew up believing in. This whole case is a travesty of justice in every respect. I can only pray with all of my heart that our Good Lord & God will not abandon us to such barbarities. That He will intervene.

Posted by: Paula Hall at February 10, 2005 3:38 PM

WE are praying for Terri and all that this case represents.

Posted by: Dennis Prange at February 23, 2005 8:22 AM

How in the world can Law enforcement ignore Terri's broken bones consistent with a beating, neck injury consistent with strangulation, blood chemistry consistent with an insulin injection and the many misleading public statements made by Mr Schiavo regarding the true nature of Terri's injuries. Seems Mr Schiavo's statements directly conflict with medical reports. I state the very same question that convicted Scott Peterson....If not Mr Schiavo then who ??? Mr Schiavo had motive, and opportunity to have battered Terri into a near death state. For those interested in hearing the true medical facts about Terri,I highly reccommend the radio interview with Dr William Hammesfahr the world reknown neurologist who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize because of his remarkable work with brain injury.
You will wan to sit down...this is startling !

Dr Hammesfahr examined Terri for more than 10 hours..his evaluation is incredible. Judge Greer dismissed it.
I believe there is more "good ole boy" politics involved in Terri's court decisons than meets the eye.

I emailed every Florida House Member yesterday. I was surprised at the overwhelming positive response I got from Legislators. There are Many many people working for Terri in high places...The ultimate "high place" is hearing
our prayers for Terri and will bring a full light to the truth.

Posted by: Jo Marley at February 25, 2005 9:17 PM

What a sad day, when a judge can so easially sentence Terri to death, No one know what she feels or sees, not even the so called experts in the medical fields.And if there is a shadow of a doubt that she has something alive in her brain. She must be kept alive. She needs representation by her own lawyer to fight for her own life.

Posted by: joyce matusek at March 7, 2005 2:37 PM

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