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Nearly six in ten Americans (59 percent) say that as Schiavo's guardian they would remove her feeding tube, while 24 percent would keep the tube inserted and 17 percent are uncertain which action they would take. These numbers remain virtually unchanged from a previous FOX poll in which 61 percent of Americans said they would remove the tube and 22 percent said they would not, with 17 percent unsure (October 2003).
Who should decide Terri Schiavo's fate?
1. Her husband 58%
Her parents 35%
Federal courts 4%
Florida courts 2%
Should Congress have gotten involved?
No 72% Yes 28%
Should the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube be allowed?
40% 19867 Votes
Originally posted by Gazrok The judge saw it for the bull it was...
[edit on 22-3-2005 by Gazrok]
Originally posted by Gazrok
Already her kidneys are beginning to fail because of the four days of dehydration. This cannot be the best we can do as a society.
I agree, Kriz, euthanasia is a much kinder solution in a case like this.
I'm also glad to see that the federal judge upheld the law, and didn't allow the Congress to circumvent the Judicial process.
The actions taken by the Governor, President, and Congress had the potential to completely undermine the Constitution, putting cracks in the very foundation of our government, and I'm glad to see that at least for now, those cracks haven't been made.
When this is all over, the Supreme Court is likely going to strike down this recent bill. Of course, they (Congress) knew that when they passed it, but they were stalling for time. To me, the fact of Congress passing a bill they know is unconstitutional, just as a stall tactic, is very sickening.
I may be wrong and I don't know much about the bill congress passed or the actions they took,But isn't that one of the checks and balances the founding fathers created in the constitution?
Originally posted by Gazrok
C'mon, they tried to order a bed-ridden, persistent vegetative state, severely brain-damaged woman to testify in front of Congress
. Mynaeris: I guess by this logic husbands should have the right to beat and maim their partners as its a domestic issue?
Originally posted by dgtempe
I dont like the pllitical implications of this whole thing, however i still think the husband is a slime ball, imho.
All politics aside, this man all of a sudden remembered after 7 long years what his wife had said (while watching a show)....She had fractures when she was examined...This whole thing stinks. The fact he did not allow her any sun, any therapy whatsoever is also something to think about. That being said, i do agree that the law of the state of Florida should be upheld.
DCF motion heard by Judge Greer
Meanwhile, Pinellas Pasco Circuit Judge George Greer will hear a motion today by the Department of Children and Families.
DCF wants the court to unseal probate records in the case.
It said the records would be relevant to their investigation into claims of abuse that might have been suffered by Schiavo. Earlier in the month, Judge Greer denied the department additional time to look into those claims.
While the Schiavo case is getting saturation coverage, very little attention if any is paid to the case of Sun Hudson, a 6-month-old infant with a fatal congenital condition. His mother wanted him kept alive as long as possible, but the hospital didn't want to pay for the continuing care. Just last week, the hospital overruled the penniless mother, removed his feeding tube, and he died. The hospital's action was perfectly legal, under the Texas Futile Care Law, which allows the termination of life if there is no hope of improvement, even if the family objects. The law was signed by George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas. It boosts the profits of the medical-industrial complex, allowing the for-profit health care providers to pull the plug if a biopsy of the patient's wallet proves negative.
Terri Schiavo's healthcare bills have been paid from a million-dollar settlement obtained by her husband after medical malpractice put her in a persistent vegetative state. The million dollars has been nearly exhausted by now on medical costs and legal fees. Now Congress - and the Nevada legislature - has passed "tort reform," making it difficult or impossible for injured patients to collect from doctors, hospitals, or insurance companies.
Congress recently passed a bankruptcy law, which makes it difficult or impossible for people who are swamped with medical bills to get a clean slate by declaring chapter 7 bankruptcy. Medical bills are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy.
As governor of Texas, the allegedly "pro-life" George W. Bush led the nation in executions of prisoners. Because Texas lacks a decent public-defender system, poor defendants often have lawyers who are always overworked, and sometimes incompetent or senile.
The Schiavo case is threat to anybody who wants to die with dignity. I think of a spunky 85-year-old relative of mine who suffered a serious heart attack. The doctors wanted to take all sorts of extraordinary "heroic" measures to keep her alive, but she didn't. She finally prevailed and the doctors finally relented, but only after she called her lawyer and threatened to sue them. I'm going to prepare a living will, so that when my time comes, I can die with dignity instead of surviving as a vegetable or a laboratory collection of cut-up parts.
Originally posted by jsobecky
The problem is, the husband holds all the cards. He has been offered money, a divorce, etc., to walk away from this and let the woman's family take care of her. Why he won't do that is only his to know. Too much bad blood between him ad the parents, I think.
The family said Bush could possibly sign an executive order ordering Schiavo's tube reinserted.
Schiavo's parents are also appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a temporary injunction to have her feeding tube reinserted. They're also lobbying for emergency legislation in Tallahassee.
The Department of Children and Families is hoping to win a motion from Judge George Greer. They want access to sealed court records regarding accusations of abuse against Michael Schiavo.