Bush Signs Terri Schiavo Legislation
Bump and update: President Bush has signed the legislation, CNN reports at 1:30 a.m, ET. Guess he stayed up late. Have the papers ordering the reinsertion of the feeding tube already reached a federal judge in Florida? Was the case randomly assigned? Will the judge sign the order tonight? Or will Terri's husband's lawyer run to the Florida Supreme Court to have the federal law declared unconsitutional before a federal court gets to rule?
Update: Michael Schiavo on Larry King: The parents are out for Terri's money. He says Terri's father wanted to know "Where's my money?" in the hospital years ago. He also says the parents, with the aid of right wing groups, offered him $700k to walk away 2 years ago. And that Terri was bulimic and would eat like a horse when he was around, but bulimia, he's since learned, is a secretive disease. The parents accused him of trying to strangle her. Why? Because the father wants the money and control. The brother has seen her a handful of times in ten years, he only got interested when the media came around. Schiavo says the brother is lying. His girlfriend has done more for Terri than her own mother. He loves his wife. This is between Terri and himself. [Then why is he going on national tv?] So much dirty laundry on all sides, I really don't want to hear any of it.
Larry King sounded somewhat incredulous at Schiavo's explanation for how Terri, then 25, said to her husband after watching a tv show, I don't want a feeding tube inserted in me. Assuming this is a true statement, I can't help but wonder whether that just a visceral reaction, or a thoguht-out decision.
Schiavo's lawyer says Terri is not brain-dead, she just has no cognitive functioning and she never will.
If it seems like I'm waffling, I'm not. I have always doubted the husband's story. But on a legal level, Congress has no business intervening. Congress could care less about Terri Schiavo. They saw an opportunity to score a goalpoint for their "culture of life" and they ran with it. Shiavo and the Schindler families are being used. The cable news channels, realizing it is the voyeuristic case of the moment, pumps it 24/7. It's like a car accident, repulsive, but no one seems to be changing the channel.
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