Friday, March 18, 2005

'Culture of Life'

There is no non-stomach turning aspect of this story.

There's too much to choose from here, but here are a few grafs that are particularly painful:

George Felos, the lawyer for Ms. Schiavo's husband who had fought for nearly two years to allow his wife to die, blistered both parties in Congress for what he portrayed as a politically motivated, 11th-hour interference in a case that has existed for years without previously attracting much attention from Capitol Hill.

"It was odious, it was shocking, it was disgusting and I think all Americans should be alarmed," Mr. Felos told reporters in Florida.

And he had a warning for Democrats who would deign to veer from longstanding opposition to federal intrusion in such intimate medical decisions: "If they don't stand up for Terri Schiavo, they deserve to be the minority party."

Many Congressional Democrats were biting their tongues Friday as they witnessed what they considered an egregious misuse of power by Republicans. They pointed to public opinion polls that show support for Mr. Schiavo's right to decide his wife's fate, but they also fear the power of the mobilized right.
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You have to admit, though, this move is downright Sorkin-esque:

Earlier in the day, the House committee issued subpoenas for Ms. Schiavo, 41, and her husband, Michael, to appear at Congressional hearings this month. A Senate committee made a similar move. Since Ms. Schiavo is incapacitated and cannot speak, the lawmakers were hoping that by issuing a subpoena they could block the removal of the feeding tube through a law intended to protect people called to testify before Congress.
And all this from the party of states' rights:

After Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube was removed, Republican leaders of Congress expressed disappointment and promised to work through the weekend to try to strike an agreement on legislation that could shift the case into federal court.

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