Bush, Congress Set to Act in Right-To-Die Case

Published on March 20 2005

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush cut short a vacation to return to Washington and be ready to sign a bill that may keep a brain-damaged woman alive, in a case pitting Christian conservatives against right-to-die activists. In a rare Sunday session, the U.S. House of Representatives was to debate a deal aimed at pushing the Florida case into federal court and restoring the feeding tube that has kept Terri Schiavo alive for the past 15 years. "The president intends to sign legislation as quickly as possible once it is passed," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "This is about defending life."
I guess I'm a little bit confused here.....I always thought the Republican platform included keeping the Federal court system out of the business of states. (And yes, I know the Feds can involve themselve through the 14 th amendment.) But on the other hand, if there was ever a time for the Feds to nose into states' business, this is it. I started out sympathizing with Michael Schiavo, but the more I've read about this case, the more I sympathize with Terri Schiavo's parents. If there had only been something in writing, something that clearly showed her wishes in this. If only.... I read a comment somewhere that stated the only thing that tube was feeding was her parent's memories. Maybe; I don't know. I do know that I couldn't give up their fight if there was a chance. At any rate, no matter the "quality of life"--this isn't just disconnecting a respirator and letting someone slip away--this is starving someone to death. I think I need to find out more about making a living will, or medical directive, or whatever it's called. I do know that I could not, would not want to live the "life" this poor woman has right now. DH didn't even like it when he saw that I had signed the organ donor area on my drivers' license--wonder what he would do for me in a medical situation such as the Schiavos'? Would he--or any other member of my family, for that matter-- pay attention to my wishes on donation? Guess I can feel for both sides of this family fight. But it comes down to preserving life when no proof of Terri's wishes exists. And I'm fairly sure that she didn't ask to be starved to death. That's the bottom line, as far as I can see. Update: Found a post on another blog which summed up a lot of my thoughts on this and quoted extensively from a WSJ article on the Schiavos: sisu: An intolerable dilemma

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