March 18, 2005
Congress Works to Outlaw 132nd Trimester Abortions; Michael Schiavo's Lawyers to Appeal (Satire)Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts
Leave it to Jawa Report to put the death-leaning 'Democratic leadership stonewalling of efforts to save Terri' into a proper perspective:
The United States Congress frantically continues working to reconcile two ultra-late-term abortion bills before Congressmen go home for the Easter holidays. The Jawa Report's Washington bureau chief, Dale Gribble, has been following the legislation.
The Senate has a narrowly focused bill that deals only with the planned abortion of Terri Schiavo, allowing her standing in federal court, which would immediately stay a Florida court's ruling which would allow Planned Parenthood's Boca Raton office to perform the controversial abortion procedure, now scheduled for March 18.
The House, however, passed a more broadly defined bill on Wednesday night. In it, "persons" -- defined as "any born individual who is presently outside the womb and in at least the 50th trimester of life" -- are given the right to take their case to federal court after the state court route has been exhausted. The House bill does not grant an automatic stay for Schiavo despite support from House leaders like the ultra-conservative Rep. Tom DeLay, the House Majority Leader.
But even with an agreement between the Senate and House, sources told The Jawa Report on Thursday that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has "dug in" against passage of the Senate bill by unanimous consent. He is a well-known pro-choice advocate and in a recent press statement said that,
Michael Schiavo has a right to terminate his wife's life. His wife's body belongs to him. What he does with Terri's body is nobody elses busines.
Wyden then added in a press-conference on the steps of Capital Hill,
My personal view is that 132nd trimester abortions are wrong. However, I believe that such decisions are best left to a couple and their doctor.
And leave it to Crystal Clear to have a great comment at Rusty's post:
"So terribly awful and so terribly telling of gross incompetence and negligence it has taken this long and it has come to this... There are so many who should be hanging their heads in SHAME...Your post is taken and understood as it was meant..."
And leave it to Beth at "My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" to have another great comment, responding to another reader that was offended:
"Don't be offended; satire points out the absurdity of a situation better than straight news, any day. And the death march for Terri truly IS absurd, to say the least. To me, this is a welcome departure from the straight-faced exhortations that I and others have been writing."
Posted by Hyscience at March 18, 2005 8:48 AM
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