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March 15, 2005

Hope remains for Terri

The new bill, designed to save the life of Terri Schiavo and disabled people that the courts routinely fail to protect, is being raced through the Florida legislature. Hearings are expected to be held today and the vote on it as early as tomorrow.

The new bill would prevent a legal guardian from allowing a person in a so-called persistent vegetative state to die by withholding food or water. That could only happen if the patient had previously issued an advance directive authorizing it to be withheld.

Although Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state, Florida courts have sided with Michael and ruled that she is in such a medical condition. As a result, the legislation would apply to Terri and supersede the court's decision to allow her death or the death of any similar patient.

Governor Jed Bush will likely sign the legislation once it receives a final approval. His legal counsel has been working with members of the legislature to fashion the bill, according to an Orlando Sentinel newspaper report.

If legislators refrain from adding amendments, the bill could pass speedily and save Terri's life. Some might consider it naive to ask politicians to put an innocent life ahead of petty politics. We'll see.

Meanwhile Ted Hires of the Justice Coalition is asking Jeb Bush to use his authority to prevent Terri's execution.

Hires says he wants Governor Bush to send the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, where Terri lives, to prevent her starvation, scheduled for Friday.

However, the last time Governor Bush tried to intervene, a Florida Supreme Court called it an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.

Apparently “separation of powers” means judges can legislate and execute actions from the bench, but the legislature can't legislate without a judges permission, and the governor can't execute the duties of his office without the say so of even the lowest judge. Welcome to Looney World.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, David Limbaugh, Blogs for Terri

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 15, 2005 09:30 AM

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