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February 28, 2005

The fight for Terri's life

If you haven't done so yet, go sign the petition for Terri Schiavo.

More than 5,000 people an hour are signing an online “Petition to Save Terri Schiavo.” Schiavo, a 41-year-old brain-injured woman who has the capacity to respond to her environment, recognize voices, and who brightens at the presence of her mother, may be starved to death by court order, starting today at 5 p.m.

“This is one of the strongest responses we have ever seen for an online petition,” said Dr. Gary Cass, Executive Director of the Center for Reclaiming America, which is sponsoring the petition campaign. “The life of an otherwise healthy 41-year-old woman is in jeopardy today, and thousands of concerned Americans are pleading for action from Governor Bush,” said Dr. Cass, who will personally deliver the names on the petition to Gov. Bush and Florida legislative leaders in Tallahassee on Friday, February 25.

The petition urges Governor Bush “to take immediate action to stop the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo,” and calls for “legislative, judicial and executive efforts that will stop the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo.” The petition may be accessed at www.reclaimamerica.org.

Cass also urged that calls and e-mails on Schiavo’s behalf be sent to Florida Governor Jeb Bush (at 850.488.4441 or jeb.bush@myflorida.com); Senate President Tom Lee (at 850.487.5072 or lee.tom.web@flsenate.gov); and House Speaker Allan G. Bense (at 850.488.1450 or speaker@myfloridahouse.gov.)

The actions of public figures show that they are being driven more by their perception of public opinion than actually justice, or morality. If enough people make their voices known, the lies being perpetuated by the MSM can be defeated and Terri's life can be saved.

...speaking of which...

The family of Terri Schiavo is upset by an Associated Press news report that appeared in hundreds of newspapers on Thursday and Friday.

Bob and Mary Schindler say the report makes it appear that eating disorders caused Terri's collapse in 1990 when she did not have such problems. They say other evidence shows physical abuse could have been the cause.

Written by reporter Vickie Chachere, the AP news story says the "lost lesson" in the Terri Schiavo controversy is combating eating disorders.

"It is a twist lost on no one close to the case: A woman who is said to have struggled with an eating disorder is now in the middle of a court battle over whether her feeding tube should be removed so that she can starve to death," Chachere writes.

In a statement released Friday, Schindler spokeswoman Pamela Hennessy says "there was never a determination by any court nor the Florida Department of Health that Terri Schiavo ever suffered from any eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia or compulsive behavior that would lead to a heart failure at the age of 26."

Though Michael, Terri's estranged husband, accused Terri's general practitioner of ignoring a supposed eating disorder, Florida's Department of Health cleared him of wrongdoing or negligence in the case.

"Chachere cites not one medical document that would affirm her careless contention that Terri Schiavo was an irresponsible dieter or a compulsive victim of an eating disorder," Hennessy said.

Terri's family wants Chachere to produce any documents corroborating her story's contentions. They also want media outlets to stop ignoring a bone scan conducted in September 1991, about a year and a half after Terri's February 1990 collapse.

The case was rife with lies from the beginning. The money Michael Schiavo has been spending to have Terri murdered was a settlement based on a jury's decision to ignore the evidence and create another “lawsuit lottery” winner, except the jury empowered the very person wanting to hurt Terri.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 28, 2005 08:50 AM

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