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March 2, 2005

Making Food and Water Life Support: Who had the law changed and why?

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

The Hapless Misadventures of the Pinellas County Court System keeps getting stinkier and stinkier and scarier and scarier.  Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos took his case and then filed the petition to introduce HB 2131 in 1999. Then the law in Tallahassee gets changed. Then the Schiavo case gets heard. In that order.

In April 1999 - House Bill 2131 was introduced  in the Florida legislature by the Florida Elder Affairs & Long-Term Care Committee to amend Section 765 (Civil Rights) of the Florida Statutes. The amendments to Section 765.101 were the legal definition of "life prolonging procedures" to add: "INCLUDING ARTIFICIALLY PROVIDED SUSTENENCE AND HYDRATION, WHICH SUSTAINS, RESTORES, OR SUPPLANTS A SPONTANEOUS VITAL FUNCTION". It becomes law on October 1, 1999.</p>

Who lobbied for changing the law to make food and water be defined as "artificial" life support in 1999?

HB 2131 GENERAL BILL by Elder Affairs & Long-Term Care (HFC); Argenziano; (CO-SPONSORS) Heyman; Sobel; Reddick; Fiorentino; Bilirakis; Littlefield; Kosmas; Bitner; Jacobs; Levine; Bloom.

David Allen contacted the Clerk of The Florida House and was informed that "Bilirakis" was Representative "Gus Michael Bilirakis" (terms 1998 - 2000 and 2001 - 2003).

Note that the hospice where Terri Schiavo has been held is operated by Suncoast Hospice. Rep. Gus Michael Bilirakis lists himself on the Suncoast Hospice Board of Directors - along with George Felos who filed the suit in the summer of 1998 to withdraw food and water form Terri Schiavo. Who else has also been on that Board?

Our good ole boy judge has worked side by side as county commissioner with Barbara Sheen Todd (county commissioner) for eight years. Barbara Sheen Todd is on the board of, you guessed it,  the hospice where Terri Schiavo is kept prisoner by her husband, Michael Schiavo, who lives with another woman that he has two children with.

Also, Judge Greer's fellow judge, Judge John Lenderman is the brother of Martha Lenderman, also on the, you got it, the same hospice board.

Perhaps other legislators as well were seeking this change!

Was HB 2131 (in 1999) "enabling" legislation specifically sought by George Felos to allow him to withdraw food & water from Terri Schiavo with the State's blessing?

What is the connection between Suncoast Solutions and Hospice?

Talk show host David Allen intends to find out.

Bloggers, we need to swarm this a little to help David get the issue the traction it deserves.

Posted by Hyscience at March 2, 2005 12:15 PM

When Fl house bill 2131 was introduced in legislature to amend section 765(civil rights) of the Fl statues>IT WAS TWO WEEKS LATER,THE LEGISLATURE OF "COMMITTEE OF JUDICARY" RECOMMENDED THAT HB 2131 SHOULD ALSO "CHANGE" SECTION 765.101 "LEGAL"DEFINITION OF LIFE PROLONGING PROCEDURES TO ADD "INCLUDING ARTIFICIALLY PROVIDED SUSTENENCE AND HYDRATION,WHICH SUSTAINS,RESTORES,OR SUPPLANTS A SPONTANEOUS VITAL FUNCTION"

Posted by: Wanda at March 2, 2005 3:19 PM

Please let it be known that George Felos' biography, that is posted on the net at this address, by blue dolphin publishers, the publishers of his book, Litigation as Spiritual Practice, http://www.bluedolphinpublishing.com/Felos.htm

It says:

Felos graduated from Boston University School of Law, has practiced in Pinellas County since 1978, was a founding member of the National Legal Advisors Committee on Choice in Dying, and served as Board Chair of The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, the largest non-profit Hospice in the world.

Felos himself brags about it--apparently his serving as board chair of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast makes him more credible as an expert on the subject and will sell more of his books?

Posted by: Cao at March 3, 2005 7:52 PM

The Terri Schiavo case IS a case of the US Constitutional RIGHT of Terri to exercise the free practice of her RELIGION> SHE WAS A PRACTICING CATHOLIC! If you are a practicing Catholic - you AUTOMATICALLY want to live. It does not NEED to be written down -although it ALREADY WAS. When Michael Schiavo admitted her to the hospital he HAD to write down her RELIGION on the admittance forms. This is EVIDENCE that the hospital KNEW she was a "Catholic" and violated her constitutional rights by removing her food & water. You CAN NOT pick and choose what you WANT to believe and be a Catholic. It is NOT an option! If you support right -to die ,pro choice - you are NOT a practicing Catholic- you are A "fallen away"
Catholic -like Hitler & Stalin & Kerry = "fallen away "Catholics. You MUST believe everything the Catholic Church teaches as far
as faith and morals go. The pope made a written document about life -basically what Catholics MUST believe in "evangelicum vitae"
and also spoke publically on this. When the pope speaks or writes "ex Cathedra" he can not err & his infalibility only covers when speaking or writing on matters of faith & morals
The pope is NOT infallible on his "opinion" about science or math or any other topic.
Also, When Michael Schiavo MARRIED Terri in the Catholic Church -if he was non-Catholic he had to agree in writing or verbally (which is a legally binding contract) that he would NOT interfere with Terri's free practice of her Catholic Faith. This as well as the hospital admission forms are EVIDENCE that Michael Schiavo lied under oath - which is "perjury"
The Supreme Court denying to hear the case failed their duty as it is a US Constitutional issue - freedom OF religion- it would apply to Muslims and citizens of other faiths.

Posted by: Patty Bendele at April 4, 2005 2:16 PM

You are all self-rightous idiots who assume you know that Terri wanted to live, just because she was catholic. All of you have no idea and will never know the truth about this matter, you can only assume and judge, but I guess that is what all of you right-wing wack-jobs can do.

Posted by: LOGIC at April 7, 2005 2:35 PM



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