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March 16, 2005

GOP bill to save life of Schiavo

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

Republican leaders in the Senate are preparing to move legislation this week if necessary to give federal courts jurisdiction over the life of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman on life support whose feeding tubes are to be removed Friday at her husband's insistence.

The leaders could decide to call up a bill that would allow parties to the case, which has been tried in Florida courts, to petition to have it heard in Federal District Court. Alternatively, the GOP leaders could decide to try to move a private bill dealing specifically with the Schiavo case.

Either method, if passed by Congress and signed by President Bush, would provide Schiavo's parents with another chance to keep their daughter alive. A Pinellas County Circuit Court judge ordered the tube to be removed by 5 p.m. Friday, although the Florida courts or Legislature could act before then.

Even if GOP leaders decide to act, they will probably face resistance from Democrats who are reluctant to make changes to federal law on the subject on such an expedited basis. Democrats may, however, wish to avoid acting in a way that passes up a chance to save Schiavo's life if Republicans push for action on the floor.

(...) Referring to Schiavo, Frist said, "She is clearly alive today. Looking at the facts, I would think that the Senate should speak if there is not some action at the state level."

(...) Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was more blunt. "My feeling is we need to do something to stop what is an unconscionable act on the part of the Florida court," he said.

(...) Santorum said that Schiavo, based on brain activity, was close to equivalent of someone with the disease cerebral palsy and that he wouldn't let the courts allow her to die, adding, "That's not going to happen on my watch."

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Why must the Democratic leaders always be on the anti-life side of issues?

Posted by Hyscience at March 16, 2005 3:08 PM

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