Different River

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March 29, 2005

Jesse Jackson Tries to Visit Terri Schiavo

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:56 pm

Story here.

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson says Terri Schiavo’s case “transcends politics and family disputes.”

He’s been visiting the Florida hospice where the severely brain-damaged woman has gone without nutrients or water since March 18th.

Jackson calls her treatment an “injustice” and says denying her a feeding tube and water is “unnecessary.”

Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, invited the civil rights leader after he issued a statement last week calling for the woman’s feeding tube to be reconnected.

Some demonstrators applauded Jackson when he arrived and shouted, “This is about civil rights.”

Schiavo’s family is still urging President Bush, Congress and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to intervene.

Any chance this will end the claims that the support for saving Terri is all about right-wing politics?

UPDATE: Turns out Rev. Jackson was denied permission to visit. From this other story:

Jackson said he asked Michael Schiavo for permission to see the brain-damaged woman but was denied.

(Blog entry title updated to reflect this.)

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