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March 15, 2005

Congress making last-minute try to save Terri Schiavo

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

- The Washington Times

A group of House and Senate Republicans are working hard to approve a new law as soon as possible that would provide one last shot at federal court review for Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged Florida woman whose food and water will be stopped Friday by state court order.

"We're fighting a clock," said Sen. Mel Martinez, who introduced the legislation last week, along with fellow Florida Republican Rep. Dave Weldon.

Under the bill, Mrs. Schiavo -- who is incapacitated and has been the center of a bitter legal battle for years between her husband and her parents -- would be granted a chance at federal habeas corpus review, typically only used to review death-row cases before an execution.

The bill would allow federal courts -- in limited cases such as Mrs. Schiavo's -- to expand habeas corpus review to incapacitated people who are the subject of a family dispute, have no previous written directive and are the subject of a lower court order to stop their food and water.

Of course leave it to a Democrat to hold up a pro-life bill.

"A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada(D) said he hasn't taken a position on the bill yet, but said it clearly should go through the normal committee process."

Although there are many pro-life and pro-faith Democrats, the party's leadership is only pro-life and pro-faith when it's politically expedient and even then, in word only, seldom by deed.

Cross posted at BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 15, 2005 4:47 PM

The state of Florida & Terri's parents, should
be suied by the husband. Terri deserves peace,
how could anyone allow another human to remain
in that state for over 14 years. I have a living will, hopefully in the near future won't have to use it. It's a criminal act for her
dumb brained parents, to believe that she's going to be the same. I hope and pray that something like this, will never happen to them.
If so would they like to be in a vegative state, for the rest of their lives. Pray for
Terri's husband and for the state of Florida
to butt out, of anyone's wishes to die with
dignity. This could happen to them as well, thank goodness that I don't live in that state.
Datha Nation

Posted by: Datha Nation at March 15, 2005 5:46 PM

The medical details of what may be done to her.

Posted by: mynym at March 15, 2005 10:05 PM

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