Thursday, March 31, 2005

Statement of the Schindler Family

Pinellas Park, FL – As you are aware, Terri is now with God and she has been released from all earthly burdens. After these recent years of neglect at the hands of those who were supposed to protect and care for her, she is finally at peace with God for eternity. We are speaking on behalf of our entire family this evening as we share some thoughts and messages to the world regarding our sister and the courageous battle that was waged to save her life from starvation and dehydration.


We have a message for the volunteers that have helped our family:
Thank you for all that you’ve done for our family. Thank you to the hundreds of doctors who volunteered to help Terri. Thank you to the fifty doctors who provided statements under oath to help Terri. Thank you to the lawyers who stood for Terri’s life in the courtrooms of our nation. From running our family’s website, to driving us around, to making meals, to serving in so many ways—thank you to all of the volunteers who have been so kind to our family through all of this.


We have a message for the supporters and people praying worldwide:
Please continue to pray that God gives grace to our family as we go through this very difficult time. We know that many of you never had the privilege to personally know our wonderful sister, Terri, but we assure you that you can be proud of this remarkable woman who has captured the attention of the world. Following the example of the Lord Jesus, our family abhors any violence or any threats of violence. Threatening words dishonor our faith, our family, and our sister, Terri. We would ask that all those who support our family be completely kind in their words and deeds toward others.


We have a message to the media:
We appreciate your taking Terri’s case to the nation. Please afford our family privacy to grieve at this time.The patience and graciousness of the on-site media here at hospice has been deeply appreciated by our family.


We have a message to the many government officials who tried to help Terri:
Thank you for all that you’ve done. Our family will be forever grateful to all of the outstanding public servants who have tried to save Terri.


We have a message to all of the religious leaders who tried to help Terri:
Thank you to all people of faith who demonstrated love for Terri and strength of conviction to defend the sacredness of all human life as a precious gift from God.
Our family is highly honored that the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, would speak out so boldly on behalf of our sister, Terri.


We have a message of forgiveness:
Throughout this ordeal, we are reminded of the words of Jesus on the cross: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Our family seeks forgiveness for anything that we have done in standing for Terri’s life that has not demonstrated the love and compassion required of us by our faith.
We have a message to parents worldwide:
Our family would encourage parents to spend time with their children and to cherish each and every moment of each and every day with them as a precious gift from God.


We have a message to Terri from her family:
As a member of our family unable to speak for yourself, you spoke loudly. As a member of our family unable to stand under your own power, you stood with a grace and a dignity that made your family proud. Terri, we love you dearly, but we know that God loves you more than we do. We must accept your untimely death as God’s will.

Terri, your life and legacy will continue to live on, as the nation is now awakened to the plight of thousands of voiceless people with disabilities that were previously unnoticed. Your family intends to stand up for the other “Terri’s” around this nation and we will do all that we can to change the law so others won’t face the same fate that has befallen you.


We have a final thought to share:
Our family had hoped this day would never come, but as it has now arrived, we ask ourselves a question in these incredibly sad circumstances: What would the Lord Jesus ask us to do in a moment like this? In John’s Gospel, Jesus responded to the questions of the rabbis, who asked why a man had been born blind. He said: “it is so that the works of God might be made manifest through him.”

God’s plan for Terri is unfolding before our eyes. Our prayer at this time is that our Nation will remember the plight of persons with disabilities and commit within our hearts to defend their lives and their dignity for many generations to come.
Cardinal calls those who helped Schiavo die 'accomplices to murder'

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Whoever stands idly by without trying to prevent the death of Terri Schindler Schiavo becomes an accomplice to murder, said Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The death of the severely brain-damaged woman "would represent a homicide in which it is impossible to idly stand by without becoming accomplices," he said in a March 31 interview with Vatican Radio.

Schiavo died March 31, nearly two weeks after her feeding tube was removed.The Italian cardinal made his comments the day after the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal appeals court refused to intervene and order doctors in Florida to resume feeding Schiavo.The 41-year-old woman's feeding tube was removed March 18 after a decision by a Florida state judge allowed the husband, Michael Schiavo, to order doctors to take out the tube.

Prior to the announcement of Schiavo's death, Cardinal Martino said that even though she was "incapable of communicating" she "probably, as some medical experts say, is suffering."Not allowing for the reinsertion of a feeding tube represents "an unjust death sentence of an innocent person," he said.The cardinal said having Schiavo die of starvation and thirst was "one of the most inhumane and cruel" ways to die."Beyond the possible political exploitation" of the Schiavo case, her "painful, heartbreaking agony" should be enough to force humanity to prevent what will be an otherwise tragic end to her life, said the cardinal.
The Life You Save May Be Your Own

In the wake of Terri Schiavo's death, there will be, and should be, legislative efforts to protect patients who are fed with feeding tubes from being summarily starved to death.

As often as not, patients who are placed on feeding tubes are capable of swallowing. The reason they are given "assisted feeding" through tubes is primarily because hand feeding is a time consuming task for the staff in long-term care facilities. In other words, it is easier and cheaper to feed the minimally conscious through a feeding tube. It also reflects the assumption that the patient can't enjoy his or her food, so way bother passing it over the tongue? On the more noble side, use of a feeding tube allows the nursing staff to verify that the calorie intake is at the level proscribed.

One of the dangers of using feeding tubes is that the muscles used to swallow may atrophy for lack of exercise. Thus, some patients may not be immediately able to swallow without difficulty if assisted feeding through a tube is stopped. Thus, the feeding tubes may produce the iatrogenic disease (a condition arising from medical treatment) of an inability to swallow. Therefore, removal of feeding tubes should always be accompanied by a period of physical therapy designed to retrain the complex coordination of muscles used in the swallowing process.

In Terri Schiavo's case there is considerable evidence that she was still able to swallow soft foods, such as Jello. But once the death march was begun, her ability was not even tested, much less given a chance to improve. Instead, under the orders of the her husband (who was also the common law husband of the mother of his two children), Terri was not to be allowed to receive any nutrition or water orally. In other words, neither the court nor her husband wanted to complicate matters by discovering that she could still swallow. Some say ignorance is bliss. In this case, the pro-death crowd need ignorance as an excuse for starving the dependent to death.

While it is not inherently evil to put a patient on a feeding tube, it is evil to use the feeding tube over a long period of time and to allow a suppression of swallowing reflexes and then remove the feeding tube and declare, "She can't swallow food! Therefore, this feeding tube is extraordinary treatment. So instead of keeping her alive by artificial means, the ethical thing to do is to let nature take it's course. (In other words, allow her to die because she can't forage for food or swallow it on her own.)

"Even the pro-death crowd have yet to declare that feeding the minimally conscious with a spoon is "extraordinary care" that can be withdrawn without committing murder by neglect. Instead, they advocate for the insertion of feeding tubes which--at least arguably--is a form of "artificial life support." Once the tube is in, then can this "artificial life support" can be withdrawn to let nature take it's course. This is the game...and in the case of Terri and tens of thousands of others...the deadly game.

So here is my proposal for legislators. The law should require that in any case where feeding tubes are to be withdrawn, a period of time, say 30 days, must be allowed where the feeding tube is used and rehabilitative efforts at oral feeding must be attempted, and thereafter oral feeding must be provided to the degree that the patient is able and willing to swallow, or even hold the food in his mouth, unless there is a clear and evident choking, distress, and pain. This "attempts to feed by mouth" requirement should even override a patient's living will order not to have any artificial life support, precisely because feeding and hydration is not life support but fundamental life maintenance required be even the healthiest of patients. Starving a person to death by withholding food, even orally, is no different than putting a pillow over a patient's face to deprive her of oxygen.

Please contact your state legislator and ask him or her to sponsor legislation regulating the withdrawal of feeding tubes to require oral feeding. The debate that will follow will reveal (1) that feeding tubes are preferred for saving money, not for advancing patient's recovery and (2) the pro-death crowd is opposed to mandatory attempts at oral feeding precisely because they ordinary care is not deadly enough. I'm confident that this is a common-sense proposal that most people will support, especially in the wake of the Schiavo case. What will be interesting is to see how the pro-death culture will oppose it.

Excerpted from the Elliot Institute Newsletter
Mel Gibson: Terri's Killing Is 'Murder'

In his strongest comments yet on the Terri Schiavo case, Mel Gibson calls her killing "nothing more than state-sanctioned murder."

The actor and director spoke out Wednesday night in a telephone interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

"I heard their cry for help," Gibson explained his public comments. Gibson insisted that Terri Schiavo is not in a vegetative state.

Gibson said he decided to take a public stand because "it is completely wrong to deprive this poor woman of food and water."

He added that the court-ordered method of killing – depriving Terri Schiavo of basic sustenance – "is a prolonged and cruel execution."

Gibson said he is closely following the case and is astounded by the developments.

"I just sit here watching this whole scenario play out in front of me with my mouth wide open that our country has come to this," he said, adding, "I think it’s a really black day."

The actor offered little hope for Terri Schiavo at this point, describing the appeals as "too little too late."

"It’s nothing more than state-sanctioned murder," Gibson continued.

He was also disturbed that a local Florida judge was given the unquestioned power to sentence Schiavo to death.

"All the big guys, they’ve got their hands tied by some tinhorn judge down there," he said. "Come on. When they want to whip a judge, they got no problem getting Judge Moore in a heartbeat."

"It’s so wrong and I watch it, appalled and stunned, that we have gotten to this."

Source
Terri Schiavo Dies of Thirst

Estranged husband barred family from her bedside in final moments

Terri Schiavo, 1963-2005

Terri Schiavo, the brain-injured Florida woman at the center of an intense euthanasia battle played out on a national stage, died shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern time.

The news came after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected yet another appeal by her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler.

The Schindlers had pleaded with son-in-law Michael Schiavo to allow them to be with their daughter in her final hours, but according to family spokesmen, they were not present when she died.

The decision by the Supreme Court last night to not intervene was the sixth since 2000. The emergency request argued the federal courts did not consider whether there was enough "clear and convincing" evidence that Terri Schiavo had expressed a wish to not live in her current condition. The trial court in Pinellas County, Fla., determined she was in a persistent vegetative state. The Schindlers countered that assessment with statements from neurologists who claimed she was in a "minimally conscious state," able to respond to stimuli.

Terri Schiavo's life-sustaining feeding tube was removed by court order March 18 after a decade of bitter legal wrangling between Michael Schiavo and the Schindlers, who insisted their daughter had a strong will to live.

Fr. Frank Pavone, a family spiritual adviser, told reporters he was in Terri's room at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., about 15 minutes before she died.

But Pavone said he was instructed to leave 10 minutes before her death by order of Michael Schiavo, who was with Terri when she died.

"His heartless cruelty continues until this very last moment," Pavone said of Terri's estranged husband, who for 10 years has lived with another woman with whom he has two children.

After Terri died, immediate family members were allowed in the room, the priest said.

"This is not only a death with all the sadness it brings, this is a killing," Pavone charged. "We not only grieve for Terri, we grieve that our nation would allow such a thing."

Brother Paul O'Donnell, another spiritual adviser for the Schindlers, said the couple was with their daughter's body and praying.

Prior to Terri's death, O'Donnell said her parents and two siblings were "begging to be at her bedside ... but are being denied."

Pavone later told Matt Lauer on the "Today Show" he was in Terri's room with her brother Bobby Schindler and sister Suzanne Vitadamo, singing hymns and praying the rosary.

Terri, he said, "was obviously in deep distress and suffering."

Pavone said he told Terri they were in "solidarity" with her and "brought her the love and prayers of everyone across the nation" who has supported her.

The priest said that at about 8:50 a.m. Eastern time, they were told it was time for an assessment of Terri's condition. Shortly after that, Pavone learned Michael Schiavo would be making a visit.

"At that time it was clear she was near death, and the family wanted to be there, [but] Michael refused that opportunity," Pavone said.

The Schindlers' lead attorney, David Gibbs, told Lauer he was called to the hospice this morning to help ensure the family could have access to Terri's room.

"We believe we had every legal right to be there at the same time," Gibbs said.

The attorney said he was working on securing access, "but unfortunately our friend and sister Terri Schiavo stepped into eternity."

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who promoted state and federal legislation to save Schiavo, said her death was "heartbreaking."

"I wish I could have done more; that's the sadness in my heart," he told reporters. "... For the last year and a half, this has been a front-burner issue ... in this office."

But Bush said, "in the end, there were limitations on what we could do."

Some legal analysts, while respectful of Bush's efforts, criticized the governor for not using the executive powers they believe he had to take Terri Schiavo into protective custody.

Bush filed a motion to that end with Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer, who had presided over the case for seven years, but was rejected.

The governor's critics maintain, however, he did not need judicial permission to act.

President Bush, who rushed back to Washington during a vacation last week to sign a bill giving federal courts jurisdiction in the case, addressed Terri Schiavo's death at the beginning of a press conference:

"Today millions of Americans are saddened by the death of Terri Schaivo. Laura and I extend our condolences to Terri Schaivo's families. I appreciate the example of grace and dignity they have displayed at a difficult time. I urge all those who honor Terri Schaivo to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life ... ."

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who helped lead the legislative effort in Congress, said Schiavo's death "is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy."

"This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change," he said. "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo's friends in this time of deep sorrow."

Source

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Abortion Has a Damaging Psychological Effect says Psychiatrist

In a letter published in the National Post yesterday, Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Berger attests that, even "years after abortion," a "profound sense of loss" and regret still remain for most women.

"In more than 30 years of clinical practice as a psychiatrist, I have not come across an adult woman who, years after having had an abortion, has not had deep regrets, sadness and often a profound sense of loss, especially if she has not had any children," said Dr. Joseph Berger.

Research conducted by the Elliott Institute's David Reardon, and other researchers have found a significant increase in mental illness in women with a previous history of abortion. In 2003, the Elliott Institute team of researchers conducted a study measuring the incidence of hospital admissions for mental health reasons, comparing women with a previous history of abortion to those who had given birth to live children. The study found a doubling of hospital admissions for mental illness, and three times the rate of bipolar disorder in women with previous histories of abortion.

Source

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Schiavo's parents pray with Rev. Jesse Jackson

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — The parents of Terri Schiavo met and prayed Tuesday with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who called her impending death "an injustice.''

Joining the conservatives who have rallied to the parents' cause, the liberal Jackson said he would call state senators who opposed legislation that would have reinserted Schiavo's feeding tube and ask them to reconsider.

Terri Schiavo was in her 12th day without food and water. Her husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, has insisted that he was carrying out her wishes by having her feeding tube pulled. His lawyer said Monday that an autopsy was planned to show the extent of Terri Schiavo's brain damage.

Jackson's arrival Tuesday was greeted by some applause and cries of "This is about civil rights.''

"I feel so passionate about this injustice being done, how unnecessary it is to deny her a feeding tube, water, not even ice to be used for her parched lips,'' said Jackson, who has run for president as a Democrat. "This is a moral issue and it transcends politics and family disputes.''

"I wanted the Reverend Jackson here for moral support,'' said Mary Schindler, Terri Schiavo's mother. "I feel good with him here. Very strong. He gives me strength.''

University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus said Jackson's appearance shows that the life-and-death issues surrounding their daughter resonate beyond white, Christian conservatives.

"A person of faith, and not just a white, conservative person of faith will be seen as a welcomed change,'' MacManus said.

Schiavo's father, Bob Schindler, said he visited his daughter Tuesday and said she was "failing.''

"She still looks pretty darn good under the circumstances,'' Schindler said. "You can see the impact of no food and water for 12 days. Her bodily functions are still working. We still have her.''

Source

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Terri Schiavo Allowed to Receive Communion

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. AP via Wired News: Their hopes fading and legal options exhausted, Terri Schiavo's parents appeared quietly resigned Sunday to watching her die but could claim one Easter victory: The severely brain-damaged woman received a drop of communion wine on her tongue _ her only sustenance in nine days _ after her husband allowed her to receive the sacrament.

Outside the hospice where Schiavo is being cared for, five protesters were arrested, and about a half-dozen people in wheelchairs got out of them and lay in the driveway, shouting "We're not dead yet!"

Schiavo's husband, who a day earlier denied a request from his wife's parents that she be given communion, granted permission Sunday to offer the sacrament.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Video of Carla Sauer Iyer on Michael Schiavo: "I want the public to know the truth"

This video was submitted by one Jackson's Junction's readers with the headline "Amazing Video - Schiavo Case". When you've finished watching it, we think you will agree.

Carla Sauer Iyer worked as a caregiver for Terri Schiavo and the story she tells is incredible. She claims that she reported Michael Schiavo to her supervisors and police for injecting Terri with Insulin in an effort to deepen her comma or bring death to her quicker. She states she was fired from her job when she reported these and other allegations to proper authorities. And viewers, according to Carla, a police report was filed.

View the video

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Latest Information on Terri

Source: Sean Hannity radio program – March 22, 2005

"When will the B---- die?" Michael Schiavo was heard saying this many times by Terri’s caregivers. He bragged to them about how rich he would be when she died. He closed the door each time he visited Terri and, after he left, Terri cried and was very upset. There is suspicion that he injected Terri with insulin during his visits to her, which resulted in her erratic, emotional behavior.

The federal judge assigned to Terri’s case could not have reviewed Terri’s massive collection of records overnight. Congress gave him the opportunity to review this case anew, to schedule a new trial, but he simply refused to do that. This is another example of the arrogance of our current corrupt judicial system.

Michael stopped a nurse from using a wash cloth on Terri’s hands to keep her fingers from curling up, because that was considered therapy and he refused her all necessary therapy, but wanted her to die.

The nurse, Carla Iyer, who cared for Terri for two years, heard Michael asking on several occasions, "When is she going to die?" "Has she died yet?" "How long is it going to take?" "When is the b---- going to die?"

Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, states that the Schindler family is a very close-knit family and he prays to God that He will keep the family strong. His mother is having a very difficult time right now and he is trying to stay strong for her right now. "Nobody wants to live as a disabled person, but that doesn’t mean you starve someone to death."

Carla Iyer is not the only nurse who testified against Michael Schiavo revealing his abuse and neglect of Terri in this case. There are other nurses who testified in this case. Heidi Law, another nurse who cared for Terri, says she was able to eat, but Michael insisted that she must be put on a feeding tube.

When police initially responded to the accident in 1990, the police came to the home and thought there was a possible homicide. The police report states that she was lying face down and there were a number of broken bones. The reports and records suggest that there was domestic violence involved. Terri’s friends have stated that Michael was a control freak and monitored the number of miles in Terri’s car.

Is there anything else that Congress can do?

Senator Rick Santorum: "We said in the statute that he [the federal judge] should hold a new trial… He simply ignored it. The absolute disdain for Terri Schiavo and her rights … is ridiculously disgraceful!"

If the 11th circuit does not review this case properly and come up with something, Teri may die.
There is really nothing more that Congress can do at this point in time.

At the bottom of all this is an abusive, power-hungry, arrogant corrupt judicial system. This is a stunning act of arrogance!

A woman friend of Michael Schiavo revealed that he lied when he told the court about Terri’s wishes to die.

What can we do now?

According to Randall Terry, spokesman for the family, Terri should be taken under the custody of Governor Bush because she is the victim of a crime. Please contact Jeb Bush no later than tomorrow morning and beg him to do this. He has just as much power over this situation as the Judges. Someone has to act NOW to stop this barbarous killing! [His fax is: 850 – 487-0801] The FL legislature will be recessing tomorrow afternoon. They need only one or two votes to save Terri. Randall says that we need to continue calling them and begging for Terri’s life.

Nurse Carla’s Sworn Affidavit

In Carla’s affidavit, she stated that Terri was laughing, talking, saying the words "mommy’, "stop", "go". Michael Schiavo insisted that Terri receive no physical therapy or speech therapy. Carla’s supervisors instructed her: "Do what Michael tells you or you will be terminated." Medical personnel wanted to avoid lawsuits and they were afraid of Michael. He routinely bullied the nurses and told them what to do.

Carla is a not friend of the family, but she took care of Terri for almost two years. She witnessed Terri speaking and heard her say, "Help me" many times. She would follow commands and track the nurses’ movements with her eyes as she moved about the room. Her motive in speaking out on Terri’s behalf is to get the truth out. Anytime Terri would appear to be sick, Michael was relieved and showed a "jolly appearance". The only care he wanted Terri to have was to have her make-up on. He wanted her in a darkened room with no sunlight, no fresh air, no TV, no stimulation whatsoever, and instructed the staff not to bathe her. He bragged about going to Europe once he got the money from Terri dying and he traveled frequently and spent his money on an expensive car and clothing for himself.

Once after he visited Terri for 20 minutes, she was lethargic. She had black and blue marks under her breasts and on her arms and in her groin. Carla found an empty bottle of insulin in the trash and suspected that he had injected Terri with insulin to put her in a coma –like state. Carla went to the police and they asked her, "Did you see him inject the insulin?" When she replied, "No" they dismissed her.

Nora Lynn Wagner, RN, who had cared for Terri "three or four times", and worked at the hospice this past Sunday night, was told that she would be fired if she interviewed with Sean Hannity today. She has been an RN for 30 years. This past weekend, she was assigned to "float" – to go around to all the units and do the paperwork. A nurse was filling out a petition protesting the involvement of the federal government in Terri’s case. Nora was asked to sign, but she refused and "they were fine with it". She felt that Terri’s tube should stay in and, later, in a discussion with the other nurses, stated her opinion. Because she disagreed with the prevailing view in the hospice that Terri should be killed, her agency told her that she was not to return to the hospital.

With all this incriminating evidence, it blows my mind how someone as guilty as Michael Schiavo is of torture, abuse, and neglect can get off scot-free. This is in your face euthanasia. Lord, have mercy on Michael Schiavo, all the legislators, and all the judges responsible for the death of the innocent in the whole world!
Judge Denies Request to Reinsert Feeding Tube

Schiavo's parents plan to take case to federal appeals court

From World Net daily:

A federal judge early this morning refused to order reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, leaving the fate of the severely brain-injured Florida woman unresolved.

After emergency intervention by Congress and President Bush, the judge heard a request by the parents of Terri Schiavo to restore the life-sustaining feeding tube.

The tube was removed Friday afternoon after Florida courts rejected a flurry of motions by Robert and Mary Schindler to keep their daughter alive.

In a 13-page ruling, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore of Tampa said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments.

Whittemore wrote that Terri Schiavo’s ''life and liberty interests'' had been protected by Florida courts. Despite ''these difficult and time strained circumstances,'' he wrote, ''this court is constrained to apply the law to the issues before it.''

Judge Whittemore, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1999, was chosen by lottery to investigate whether Terri Schiavo's constitutional and statutory rights have been violated since she suffered a severe brain injury 15 years ago under disputed circumstances.

Rex Sparklin, an attorney with the law firm representing Terri Schiavo’s parents, said lawyers immediately were appealing to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to ''save Terri’s life.'' That court already was considering an appeal on whether Terri Schiavo's right to due process had been violated.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill early Monday that sent the case to federal court for review. President Bush signed it into law moments later.

"In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life," Bush said in a statement.
The emergency House vote of 203-58 came at 12:30 a.m. following a voice vote in the U.S. Senate. House Democrats stalled the vote forcing lawmakers into an emergency late-night session.

The president rushed back from his Texas ranch to sign the measure that could trigger a federal court review and a quick restoration of feeding tubes needed to keep the brain-injured Florida woman alive.

"We are very very thankful to have crossed this bridge," Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri Schiavo's sister, told reporters following the vote. "We are hopeful, we are very hopeful, that the federal courts will follow the will of Congress and save my sister's life."

Republican supporters said the "Palm Sunday Compromise" would protect the constitutional rights of a disabled person, and denied suggestions that they viewed the case as an opportunity to shore up support among religious conservatives ahead of next year's elections.

But Rep. Jim Davis, D-Fla., said the congressional action was "a clear threat to our democracy." Congress, he said, was ignoring the constitutional separation of power and "is on the verge of telling states, courts, judges and juries that their opinions, deliberations and decisions do not matter."

Schiavo, 41, collapsed under disputed circumstances Feb. 25, 1990, suffering severe brain damage when her heart stopped momentarily. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, attributes the collapse to an eating disorder, but the Schindlers strongly suspect he tried to strangle her.
The Schindlers have pleaded with Michael Schiavo to divorce their daughter, pointing out his live-in relationship with another woman, with whom he has two children.

"It's not about me, it's not about Congress, it's about Terri,'' Michael Schiavo said Friday on CNN's "Larry King Live'' program.

"I want you all to think about going through a judicial process to have your own wishes granted and then the Congress and the government walking in on that because of their personal views. That's absurd.''

Michael Schiavo has maintained Terri had no desire to live under her current medical conditions, though there was no written corroboration of that.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Once Again Awaiting a Judge's Decision

Mar. 21, 2005 - The fate of Terri Schiavo once again was in the hands of a judge early Monday following an extraordinary, day-long political fight over the brain-damaged woman that consumed both chambers of Congress and the president.

Taking the Senate's lead, the House early Monday passed a bill to let the woman's parents ask a federal judge to prolong Schiavo's life by reinserting her feeding tube. President Bush signed the measure less than an hour later.

An attorney for her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, later arrived at federal district court in Tampa to file a request for an emergency injunction to keep their daughter fed.

It was unclear when the judge might rule once the documents were filed.

"I'm numb, I'm just totally numb. This whole thing, it's hard to believe it," Bob Schindler told reporters outside the hospice where his daughter entered her fourth day without food or water.

Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo, said he was outraged that congressional leaders were intervening in the contentious right-to-die battle. He has battled for years with his wife's parents over whether she should be permitted to die or kept alive through the feeding tube.

"I think that the Congress has more important things to discuss," he told CNN, calling the move political and criticizing House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who helped broker the congressional compromise.

Outside the hospice, a shout of joy when news of the House bill's passage came. Among those cheering was David Bayly, 45, of Toledo, Ohio: "I'm overjoyed to see the vote and see Terri's life extended by whatever amount God gives her."

The 41-year-old woman's feeding tube was removed Friday on a Florida judge's order. Schiavo could linger for one or two weeks if the tube is not reinserted as has happened twice before, once on a judge's order and once after Gov. Jeb Bush passed "Terri's Law," which was later declared unconstitutional.

George Felos, a lawyer for Michael Schiavo, did not return repeated phone messages seeking comment Monday. The voicemail box of George Greer, the Florida circuit judge who presides over the case, was full and didn't accept messages.

Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped briefly because of a chemical imbalance. She can breathe on her own, but has relied on the feeding tube to keep her alive.

Court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery. Her husband says she would not want to be kept alive in that condition, but her parents insist she could recover with treatment.

Bob Schindler visited his daughter late Sunday and said he noticed the effects of dehydration on her. He said she appeared to be getting tired, but eventually responded to his teasing by making a face at him.

"It tells us she's still with us," he said.

Brian Schiavo, Michael's brother, said he spent Sunday afternoon with his brother and Terri at the hospice, but Terri did not move or make any noises. "Anybody that thinks that she talks and responds, they need to have a mental health examination," he said.

The bill passed in Congress applies only to Schiavo and would allow a federal court to review the case. The House passed the bill on a 203-58 vote early Monday after calling lawmakers back for an emergency Sunday session. The Senate approved the bill Sunday by voice vote.

"In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life," President Bush said in a statement after signing the bill.

A crowd of about 50 people prayed and sang outside the hospice. One man played "Amazing Grace" on a trumpet, as a pickup truck pulled a trailer bearing 10-foot-high replicas of the stone Ten Commandments tablets and a huge working version of the Liberty Bell.

Gov. Bush, praised the actions of Congress. "We in government have a duty to protect the weak, disabled and vulnerable," he said in a statement Monday. "I appreciate the efforts of state and federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have taken this duty to heart."

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Restarting Novena for Michael Schiavo

After that last post, I realized what God is calling me to do for Michael. He is in desperate need of prayer to save his immortal soul, so I am posting this novena again. I have been praying for Terri and her family constantly, but Michael also is in great need of prayer, as is Judge Greer.

A Novena for the Conversion of Michael Schiavo

Oh Lord of eternal compassion and mercy, by the words your Son has taught us, “I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Mt 6:43) grant we beseech Thee to hear the prayers we offer in this novena for the conversion of Michael Schiavo. As in all things, may it be done according to Your Holy Will. Glory be...

Let Us Pray....
O, God, Lord of Life, We bring before You, the life and soul of Michael Schiavo, whom You have redeemed by Your Precious Blood.
Mindful of Your boundless mercy, O Lord, we beg You to grant Michael the grace to know You and desire You with his whole heart, so that in this desiring, he may seek and find You -
And in finding you, he may love You, and in loving You, he may lose the desire to end the life of Your precious daughter, Theresa Marie.

We plead with You, O Lord, to surround Theresa with Your constant protection so that she and Michael, together with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may glorify Your Infinite Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory be
Michael Schiavo Caught In Yet Another Lie

Michael Schiavo, Terri's Schindler-Schiavo's estranged husband, is a certified respiratory therapist and a Registered Nurse who currently works in an Emergency Room in a Florida hospital. For someone who is supposedly a "professional" in the medical field, he has been making some bizarre statements, the most recent of which has been, ""Death through removing somebody's nutrition is very painless," and "It (tube removal) is a very painless procedure."

Would you want a "professional" like this taking care of you if you had a medical emergency? I would not walk, but would run out of that hospital as fast as I could if Michael Schiavo was my assigned nurse.

Now that her feeding tube has been removed, Terri has begun the long, slow painful process of death by dehydration and starvation -- a death that she rejects and that has been imposed upon her by Judge George Greer, the Florida legislature, and her guardian, Michael Schiavo.

I am not a medical "expert" or "professional" like Michael Schiavo, but common sense and the articles I have read reveal to this untrained mind that this is an outright lie.

Other people with common sense also acknowledge that Schiavo is lying to himself and to the world about this.

Rep. Joseph Pitts, a Pennsylvania Republican told his Congressional colleagues "Death by dehydration is a painful, agonizing and arduous process that takes 10 to 14 days. "Compared to starvation and dehydration, death by hanging, firing squad or even electric chair seem humane."

WHAT REALLY HAPPENS to non-terminally ill people with cognitive disabilities whose feeding tubes are removed? Do they suffer from the process?

In addition to feeling the pangs of hunger and thirst, the skin, lips and tongue crack. The nose bleeds because of the drying of the mucus membranes. Heaving and vomiting may ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. The victim may experience seizures.
As the fluid level in the body goes down, the blood pressure goes down and the heart rate goes up. Respiration often increases as blood is shunted from the periphery to the central part of the body in a desperate attempt to sustain the primary organs. The hands and feet become extremely cold.

St. Louis neurologist William Burke describes the process in the following way:

"A conscious [cognitively disabled] person would feel it just as you or I would. They will go into seizures. Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the drying of the mucus membranes, and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. They feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imagine going one day without a glass of water! Death by dehydration takes ten to fourteen days. It is an extremely agonizing death."

Minnesota neurologist Ronald Cranford's detailed description of the dehydration process reveals its gruesome reality:

"After seven to nine days [from commencing dehydration] they begin to lose all fluids in the body, a lot of fluids in the body. And their blood pressure starts to go down. When their blood pressure goes down, their heart rate goes up. . . . Their respiration may increase and then . . .
the blood is shunted to the central part of the body from the periphery of the body. So, that usually two to three days prior to death, sometimes four days, the hands and the feet become extremely cold. They become mottled. That is you look at the hands and they have a bluish appearance. And the mouth dries a great deal, and the eyes dry a great deal and other parts of the body become mottled. And that is because the blood is now so low in the system it's shunted to the heart and other visceral organs and away from the periphery of the body . . ."
Some Concise Facts for Congress

It's looking like congressional action is the most likely hope for Terri right now. Soon, the US house and senate are going to vote on a compromised bill that will insure Terri gets an appeal in federal courts.I think it's important to emphasize these facts in contacting our congressmen:

1. Terri has not been given an MRI or PET scan, two tests that are required to properly diagnose PVS. In addition, there is a lot of evidence that she is more responsive than someone in PVS would be. She is reported to have pleaded for her life as best she can the day her feeding tube was removed.

2. Michael Schiavo has been lax on numerous guardianship laws, and therefore, needs to be removed as Terri's guardian.

3. Judge Greer has allowed Michael to be lax on numerous guardianship laws, and therefore, needs to be removed as the judge on her case.

4. There are witnesses who have written court affidavits that indicate Michael has been abusive and neglectful of his wife since her collapse, and possibly even before.

5. Terri has never had a chance to receive appropriate medical care and therapy, per Michael's orders. Therefore, we have no way of knowing what her recovery possibilities are. She ought to at least be given a chance at therapy under her parents' care.

Terri deserves to have all of this and more properly investigated before she is killed. Let's keep contacting our congressmen. They need to hear us.

Terri Schiavo is starving.

Source

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Supreme Court rejects Schiavo appeal

Feeding tube to be removed from brain-damaged woman Friday

(CNN) -- Less than 18 hours before Terri Schiavo was scheduled to have her life-sustaining feeding tube removed, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by her parents to stop the procedure.

The court rejected the appeal by Bob and Mary Schindler on Thursday, clearing the way for Schiavo's husband, Michael, to have the feeding tube removed Friday -- 15 years after she collapsed from heart failure that led to her brain damage.

Meanwhile, legislation that would keep her alive appeared to stall in the Florida Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

With time running out in the case, President Bush weighed in on the matter Thursday, saying society and the nation's courts "should have a presumption in favor of life" on such matters.

"Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed and protected -- and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities," Bush said in a written statement.

The Schindlers filed an emergency appeal early Thursday with the Supreme Court to stop the feeding tube from being removed, arguing that their daughter's religious freedom and due process rights were being violated. But at 7 p.m., the high court rejected the appeal without comment.

On another front, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a request for a stay by the state's Department of Children and Families, citing a lack of jurisdiction. The agency had argued that it needed time to investigate allegations of abuse by Schiavo's husband.

In Washington, the U.S. Senate passed a narrower version of a House bill that would give federal courts jurisdiction in Schiavo's case. The House passed a broader bill Wednesday that would give federal courts jurisdiction, not only for the Schiavo case, but also for people in similar conditions.
With the House in recess for Easter, it appeared that a compromise bill would not make its way to Bush's desk, because there was not enough time to reconcile the differences.

The Senate's bill prompted a terse response from House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

"House Republicans knew we had a moral obligation to act and we did just that last night," they said in a joint statement. "As Terri Schiavo lays helpless in Florida, one day away from the unthinkable and unforgivable, the Senate Democrats refused to join Republicans to act on her behalf."

In response, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid shot back, "If the House Republicans refuse to pass our bipartisan bill, they bear responsibility for the consequences."
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he was proud of the Senate bill and called on the House to follow its lead.

"To knowingly and purposely starve Ms. Schiavo to death would be callous, cruel and immoral," said Frist, a doctor. "I am hopeful that the House will consider and pass this legislation quickly."
Bills in the Florida legislature also seemed to fizzle by late Thursday.

Lower courts have ruled that Schiavo, 41, is in a "persistent vegetative state."
Michael Schiavo contends his wife would not want to be kept alive artificially. But her parents argue she had no such death wish and believe she can get better with rehabilitation.
Both sides have been embroiled in a legal wrangle over whether Schiavo should live or die. Schiavo did not leave anything in writing about what she would want if she ever became incapacitated.

Courts have sided with her husband in more than a dozen cases over the years.
A probate court late last month ruled that, barring a stay, Schiavo's feeding tube would be removed at 1 p.m. Friday. Upon removal of the tube, the court estimated Schiavo would die in seven to 14 days.

Her feeding tube has been removed twice before, most recently in 2003. That year, Gov. Jeb Bush pushed a law through the Florida Legislature that authorized him to resume the woman's feedings six days after a court stopped them. The Florida Supreme Court later ruled the law unconstitutional.

Source
UPDATE ON TERRI

From Thursday - March 17, 2005
Legal EffortsThe Schindler family has filed an Emergency Application for Stay with the Supreme Court of the United States.

Emergency Application for Stay (PDF)
House Bill 701Today (March 17), both chambers will hear bills that address the withdrawal of assisted nutrition and hydration.
These bills, if passed into law, would protect Floridians from a forced dehydration and starvation death when there is no evidence that the individual would not have made such a choice for themselves.

Proposed Bill Information
House Bill 523Many are making their displeasure known to Florida Legislators on House Bill 523. This proposed act would alter Florida's Evidence Code and could allow self-serving hearsay to be admissible in guardianship proceedings.
This is scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 16, 2005.

Proposed Bill 523
Please visit www.myfloridahouse.com for more details.

Cross- Tracked from http://www.terrisfight.org/
PLEASE CALL FLORIDA SENATORS

The following post is from Fight4Terri by Cheryl Ford, Registered Nurse and patient advocate.

The following Florida Senators may not be giving favorable consideration to SB 2128 (the companion now to HB 701).

If you can, please hit the phone lines. If you can email, please do.

This is to be considered in both chambers today in Florida. We need your help. I've been asked to relay that the best use of language is something very concise and brief, such as "Pass a law that is constitutional, good public policy and that will protect the interests of Florida's disabled and elderly."

Nancy Argenziano (R) argenziano.nancy.web@flsenate.gov
(850) 487-5017 Rm 311

"Mike" Michael S. Bennett (R) bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5078 Rm 216 (senate office building)

She might be willing?

Maybe Larcenia J. Bullard (D) bullard.larcenia.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5127 Rm 218

Lisa Carlton (R) carlton.lisa.web@flsenate.gov (850) 4875081 Rm 412

Alex Diaz de la Portilla portilla.alex.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5109 Rm 314

Paula Dockery dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5040 Rm 326

Friend of Jim King probably will go the same way

Dennis L. Jones jones.dennis.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5065 Rm 222

"King" James E. King king.james.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5368 Rm 416

Evelyn J. Lynn lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5033 Rm 324

Burt L. Saunders saunders.burt.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5124 Rm 418

Alex J. Villalobos villalobos.alex.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5130 Rm 330

Skip Campbell 850-487-5094 campbell.walter.web@flsenate.gov

JD Alexander 850-487-5044 alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov

Tony Hill 850-487-5024 hill.anthony.web@flsenate.gov

Les Miller 850-487-5059 miller.lesley.web@flsenate.gov

Al Lawson 850-487-5004 lawson.alfred.web@flsenate.gov

Burt Saunders 850-487-5124 saunders.burt.web@flsenate.gov

Ken Pruitt 850-487-5088 ken.web@flsenate.gov

Rod Smith 850-487-5020 smith.rod.web@flsenate.gov

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Crystal Clear Look at the Loving and Murderous Michael Schiavo

from The Wide Awakes by Crystal, March 15, 2005

I have written before about my belief Michael Schiavo’s history and pattern of behaviors and actions fit those of the type of an abusive man. Commentators on this blog and other blog(s) who read and view the press renditions and legal decisions by Greer regard Terri’s family and friends as disgruntled and motivated to basically say and do anything to stop her murder via starvation and dehydration. I believe some project their own need and belief their own loving spouse knows their wishes best, would act according to their wishes, and would therefore greatly resent any family intervention in a situation like this. I truly can appreciate the need to avoid unnecessarily villifying Michael Schiavo. I didn’t easily come to my decision and choice to indeed villify his actions, behaviors, and especially now… his choice in murdering her. In fact, I found as I went through the early court documents and history of the case, I could see where people would consider it a stretch to even see him possibly guilty of hurting or harming Terri in anyway. His behaviors most certainly were those of a loving and caring husband for quite a while even after she was incapacitated. So how did I bring these loving and kind behaviors into an alignment with those of an abusive and controlling husband? [continue reading]

Monday, March 14, 2005

House Bill 701 Passes

House Bill 701 has passed through the House Judiciary Committee and goes to the Health and Families Council tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Todays vote was 9 -2. [more]

Rose Rally for Terri Schiavo

Rose Rally for Terri Schiavo
ABC News has published an article and video coverage of the Rose rally for Terri Schiavo. - click here

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Novena for Terri Schiavo

Please join in the following novena prayer to save the life of Terri Schiavo.

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know that life is always a good, and that it never loses its value when it is beset by weakness or injury. Lord, I pray today for Terri. Preserve her life from those who want to starve her. Enlighten their minds, Govern their hearts, and bring them back to you. As I pray for Terri, I also commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, And never to stop defending life Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, And our nation once again becomes A nation with liberty and justice Not just for some, but for all, Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Mel Gibson Supports Terri Schiavo

In a fax to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation dated March 11, 2005, actor and director Mel Gibson has made his feelings in the Terri Schiavo situation known.

Best known for his role in "Brave Heart" and his production of "The Passion of the Christ", Gibson penned the following message in support of Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, in their quest to protect her life:

"I fully support the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Schindler to save their daughter, Terri Schiavo, from a cruel starvation."

"Terri's husband should sign the care of his wife over to her parents so she can be properly cared for."

Source

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Businessman Offers $1 Million To Keep Woman On Life Support

Gloria Allred's Law Firm Holds Money In Trust Account

LOS ANGELES -- Attorney Gloria Allred said she would hold a news conference with one of her clients Thursday afternoon to make an announcement regarding the case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose feeding tube is scheduled to be removed on March 18.


Allred said the client is a businessman who has deposited $1 million into her law firm's trust account to offer Schiavo's husband, Michael, if he agrees to certain conditions to keep his comatose wife alive after the feeding tube is scheduled to be removed.

Meanwhile, the state of Florida is moving on two fronts to try to block the March 18 removal of the feeding tube keeping brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive.


The Department of Children and Families wants to intervene in order to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect by the woman's husband. And in Tallahassee, Republican lawmakers crafted a bill requiring that Schiavo and other incapacitated people be afforded water and nutrition unless a living will directs otherwise.

The husband has a court order to stop her artificial feedings. A DCF attorney told a judge Wednesday that the court cannot impede an agency investigation. But the husband's attorney argued that the agency's last-minute attempt to intervene is politically motivated, especially because dozens of previous complaints to DCF have failed to yield any evidence of abuse.


The attorney told reporters that the agency is simply acting as an arm of Gov. Jeb Bush's office to try to undo a court order they don't like.

Source



Terri Schiavo Deserves the Same Rights as Ted Bundy says Center for a Just Society

Ted Bundy, the BTK killer and others like them currently receive more protection under the law than Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who has been sentenced to death by starvation and dehydration by the Florida Courts. However, if Congress passes "The Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act," they can rightfully change that. Ken Connor, Chairman of the Center for a Just Society and former legal counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush and the state of Florida in defending "Terri's Law," released the following statement:

"The outrageous outcome of court rulings surrounding this case is this -- a convicted capital felon in Florida receives more due process protection than a disabled person at risk for starvation or dehydration because they have become burdensome to their family."

Capital felons in Florida are entitled to a trial by jury, independent counsel, competent representation and automatic review of their death penalty by the Supreme Court of Florida. By contrast, Terri Schiavo has received none of these protections. Perhaps even more ironic is the fact that if the most heinous of mass murderers were to receive a sentence of death by starvation or dehydration, the courts would overturn that sentence as a violation of the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

"Although capital felons are recognized as 'persons' within the language and meaning of the constitution, it is obvious that, in the courts' view, those who share Terri Schiavo's disabilities fall outside the pale of 'personhood.' For years, disability advocates have lamented that they were not treated as 'whole persons' worthy of the full protection of the law. The courts' decisions in Bush vs. Schiavo prove they are right.

"It's outrageous that people like Ted Bundy and the BTK killer have more legal protections than someone like Terri Schiavo. Serial killers are entitled to counsel. They are entitled to effective representation. They are entitled to trial by jury. But Terri Schiavo has not been afforded such legal protections. Her mom and dad have had a lawyer. Her husband has had a lawyer. But Terri Schiavo, whose life hangs in the balance in these judicial proceedings, has never had a lawyer to represent her interests."

This bill is desperately needed and we applaud Sen. Mel Martinez and Rep. Dave Weldon for their efforts on behalf of Terri Schiavo and thousands of others like her who cannot speak for themselves."

Source: Christian Communication Network

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Feast of St. John of God
(1495 - 1550)


"If we look forward to receiving God's mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we have the strength. For if we share with the poor, out of love for God, whatever he has given to us, we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness. What a fine profit, what a blessed reward! With outstretched arms he begs us to turn toward him, to weep for our sins, and to become the servants of love, first for ourselves, then for our neighbors. Just as water extinguishes a fire, so love wipes away sin."

~ St. John of God
Keep Praying for Terri

Today, Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Congressman David Weldon (R-FL) introduced legislation that could save the life of Terri Schiavo, who suffered a brain injury 15 years ago. The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act (HR 1151, S 539) will give Terri, and those in similar situations, the same Constitutional protection of due process as death row inmates, common sense legislation. Presently, the law does not explicitly recognize due process for an incapacitated individual and leaves the rights of disabled persons at the mercy of the courts instead of defended by the Constitution.

Let's persevere in prayer for Terri and for all the disabled.

Friday, March 04, 2005

URGENT ALERT!!!

This bill could be Terri's only hope! Urgent Help Needed from pro-life Democrats!!!! Urge your representative to co-sponsor the "Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act." This bill could be Terri's only hope! It would provide her the same protection we provide convicted felons on death row- a right to have this "death sentence" reviewed by a federal judge.The following pro-life democrats are needed to co-sponsor the bill:

Daniel Lipinsk
Paul Kanjorski Collin Peterson
Gene Taylor
Michael Dolye
Michael Michaud
Lincoln Davis
Tim Ryan
Marion Berry
Charlie Melancon
James Oberstar
Dale Kildee
Ike Skelton
Bart Stupak
Jerry Costello
John Murtha
Steve Lynch
James Langevin

Harold Ford Weldon publicly announced this afternoon that he plans to file the bill Tuesday. (hence, we don't have a bill number yet.) BUT Grassroots are needed to ACT NOW BY CONTACTING THEIR REPRESENTATIVES and URGE THEM TO COSPONSOR THIS BILL!

For contact information for your Representatives follow this link: http://www.firstgov.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
For more information on the Federal Terri's Law, follow this link:http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/Terri/TerriQAHC.html
For text of bill, follow this link:http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/Terri/FedLaw.html

Source

Thursday, March 03, 2005

CONGRESS CAN ACT TO HELP SAVE TERRI SCHINDLER-SCHIAVO

Washington, D.C. -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling on Congress to enact a bill to be introduced by Representative Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-Fl-15) that would give the Schindler family access to a federal court to argue for the life of their daughter, Terri Schindler-Schiavo.

“Congress can act to ensure a federal court hearing on whether or not Terri will die of starvation and dehydration,” said Lori Kehoe, Congressional Liaison for NRLC’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics. “A proceeding known as the ‘writ of habeas corpus,’ which is protected by the U.S. Constitution, has been used for centuries to give a hearing to those whose liberty has been constrained by state courts in violation of the Constitution or federal laws. We call on all citizens to immediately contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to support Representative Weldon’s bill to amend the Habeas Corpus Act to allow its use when a state court orders denial of food or fluids in cases like Terri’s.”

Representative Weldon has announced that he will introduce the Incapacitated Person’s Legal Protection Act on Tuesday, March 8, 2005.

To continue reading this article, go to Terrisfight.org

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Reinforcements for Terri

Kate Adamson has now joined the the fight to save Terri Schiavo from a court-ordered starvation by sharing her unique experience of nearly being starved to death. Way to go, Kate!
TRUST IN GOD

"Genuine trust always sees God as love, even if at times it is difficult to understand His actions. It is certain, nevertheless, that 'The Lord protects the simple.' Therefore, in misery and abandonment, one can always count on Him, 'Father of the fatherless, defender of widows.'"

~ Pope John Paul II