Congress Reaches Compromise on Terri Schiavo

According to AP, The Congress “has reached a compromise that would call on federal courts to decide Terri Schiavo’s fate.”

Congressional leaders announced a compromise that would allow the brain-damaged woman’s case to be reviewed by federal courts that could restore her feeding tube. The legislation may be considered as early as Sunday, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said.

“We should investigate every avenue before we take the life of a living human being,” said DeLay, R-Texas. “That’s the very least we can do for her.”

My position has always been, lets error on the side of life instead of death. What kind of country do we live in where we would take the life of an innocent person? A handicapped individual for that fact who does not have the ability to speak for herself. The removal of Terri’s feeding tube marks a sad moment for this country when we would treat animals and convicted felons with more dignity and grace than a women who has done nothing wrong but have the misfortune of a tragic medical occurrence.

More information can be found here where President Bush was expected to sign the bill as soon as it gets to him. This is an extremely difficult situation but I have to say that without the proof in written form as to what an individual wanted to do if circumstances like this occurred, we have to do all that is necessary to preserve life before just taking it.

What does it accomplish to take Terri’s life now? Who gains? Who loses? One cannot take back life once it is lost. Terri deserves all the medical treatment and testing as any other individual would be afforded.

For more information and how you can help go to You can make a difference. Help Terri.

UPDATE: GWB to return to Washington DC to sign Terri’s Bill
Wizbang has further news on the emergency legislation and Bush return to Washington, DC.

Posted March 19, 2005 by
Politics, Terri Schindler Schiavo | one comment

Terry Schiavo – Peggy Noonan’s interpretation

I have stayed away from the Terry Schiavo debate, for a couple of reasons. First it was Red’s topic, and I have not wanted to tread on what he was saying (I know I could not say it any better). Second, I get to worked up over these things when I get into them, so it is better for my sanity to keep some distance.

But today, I read Peggy Noonan’s article I the Wall Street Journal. Here is the part that got me.

There is a passionate, highly motivated and sincere group of voters and activists who care deeply about whether Terri Schiavo is allowed to live. Their reasoning, ultimately, is this: Be on the side of life. They remind me of what Winston Churchill said once when he became home secretary in charge of England’s prisons. He was seated at dinner with a jabbery lady who said that if she were ever given a life sentence she’d rather die than serve it. He reared back. No, he said, always choose life! “Death’s the only thing you can’t get out of!”
Just so. Life is full of surprise and lightning-like lurches. The person in a coma today wakes up tomorrow and says, “Is that you, mom?” Life is unknowable. Always give it a chance to shake your soul and upend reality.

She is right , the modern day Republican Party is the party of life. The alternatives are just to unreal. Medicines improves every year by leaps and bounds.

Give Terry the chance to live. You never know what could happen.

Now, go read Peggy’s article. Go and read it. Hurry up, even if you disagree, go read it.

President’s Statement on Terri Schiavo

For Immediate Release

The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues. Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected – and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.

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