Different River

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March 11, 2005

Habeas Corpus for Terri Schiavo? (2)

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:34 am

Update: (3/15/05 2:03am) Corrected the House bill number.

Updating this post.

Representative Dave Weldon (R-FL) has officially introduced the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act of 2005 in the House, where it has the designation H.R. 1151. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) has introduced it in the Senate as S.539. It has six co-sponsores in the Senate so far.

According to this article, the bill is supported by 17 diabled-rights organization, plus the usual pro-life groups. It is on a fast track, and could be voted on and signed by March 18, in time for a habeas corpus petition to be filed on behalf of Terri Schiavo.

Habeas corpus is, among other things, the type of petition filed to get federal courts to review state death penalty cases. It is a right guaranteed in the constitution — but only to accused or convicted criminals. This bill would extend to disabled persons the same rights currently afforded all criminals, whether disabled or not.

In other news, the Florida judge has denied a request by the Department of Children and Families to investigate credible allegations of abuse

I feel compelled to point out that the judge has ordered that there be no attempt to give food or water to Terri by mouth even after the feeding tube is pulled.

Right now, Terri is not on any form of “life support” except that feeding tube — she breathes on her own, her heart beats by itself, and all her other bodily functions work normally. The only thing “artificial” is the feeding tube they put in in the hospital 15 years ago when she was sedated and could not eat.

The just has not only ruled that the feeding tube be removed, he has ordered that she be given no food to swallow, to make sure she dies even if she could eat normally and survive without the feeding tube.

This is not an order to remove artificial support; it is an order to kill by starvation.

If a convicted murder like Ted Bundy had been ordered to be executed this way, it would be an unconstitutional violation of the Eighth Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.” But if a completely innocent, but disabled person is ordered to be starved and dehydrated, well that’s just fine and dandy with the law as it stands now.

Call, Fax, or E-mail your Senators and Representative. Don’t bother to write a regular letter; it will take way too long get there since they still radiate everything to kill anthrax.

3 Responses to “Habeas Corpus for Terri Schiavo? (2)”

  1. Different River Says:

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  2. Different River Says:

    Habeas Corpus for Terri Schiavo? (3)
    Updating this post.

    The bill (H.R. 1151) giving habeas corpus rights to incapacitated persons seems to have disappeared into the House committee system, but a related bill — the Protection of Incapacitated Persons Act (H.R. 1332) was introduced in …

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