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March 15, 2005

Schiavo bill a race against time

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

- St Petersburg Times (The anti-Terri Schiavo, anti-life, Pro-euthanasia newspaper in Pinellas "death camp" county, Florida)

Note: If there were any other sources for this story I would be using them. To send readers to this newspaper's site and give the SPT the advertising exposure, is for me, anathema!

TALLAHASSEE - With emotions running high in the Terri Schiavo case, the Florida Legislature is poised to pass a new end-of-life law before Friday, the day a judge has ordered the removal of the Pinellas Park woman's feeding tube.

The new proposal says a feeding tube could not be withheld unless a patient signed a living will opposing artificial sustenance, or met one of several other narrowly drawn exceptions.

If approved, the law could prohibit withdrawal of Schiavo's feeding tube, even though supporters said they have a broader goal in mind.

"It is a statement of public policy that, in this culture, we don't starve people to death," said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, sponsor of the bill (HB 701), waving a pile of letters from people and groups pleading to keep Schiavo alive.

In a packed hearing room Monday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the bill 8-2, the first in a series of rapid-fire votes timed to get the bill to Gov. Jeb Bush's desk by Friday.

Outside, demonstrators who support Schiavo's parents wore red tape over their mouths with "life" written on them. Dozens of red roses were placed on the floor next to the state seal in the Capitol's rotunda.

Video link: Barricades around the hospice where Terri Schiavo lives

Cross posted at BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 15, 2005 11:00 AM

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