Monday, March 21, 2005

President Bush Signs Bill to Save Terri Schaivo

From Powerpundit this:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush early on Monday signed emergency legislation aimed at prolonging the life of a brain-damaged Florida woman, Terri Schiavo.

"Today, I signed into law a bill that will allow federal courts to hear a claim by or on behalf of Terri Schiavo for violation of her rights relating to the withholding or withdrawal of food, fluids, or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life," Bush said in a written statement.

"In cases 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. This presumption is especially critical for those like Terri Schiavo who live at the mercy of others," he said.

Yes!! Especially to that final paragraph.

3 Comments:

Blogger rew said...

When President Bush was governor of Texas, he signed into law a bill that allowed people in hospitals to be removed from life support if they could no longer pay their hospital bills, regardless of the families' wishes.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2005_03_20_digbysblog_archive.html#111134934659869241

In the face of this inconsistancy, you can see why many of use feel that politicians are trying to score points off of this incident.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I wouldn't go too far with the inconsistency angle here until you read this post by the Anchoress.

But regardless, why do I care if a politician feels he has to vote a particular way because otherwise he'll get voted out of office? That's called accountability. I'm sure there are many morally reprehensible members of Congress. I want them to vote the right way all the same. Their constituencies can decide whether any hypocrisy or inconcictency makes them too untrustworthy to re-elect.

1:28 PM  
Blogger rew said...

"I'm sure there are many morally reprehensible members of Congress. I want them to vote the right way all the same."

Well, at least we have common ground somewhere.

2:35 PM  

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