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March 14, 2005

The latest on Terri's Law

Republicans in Congress continue to push legislation that would protect Terri and people like her who are victimized by power-hungry judges.

"We're fighting a clock," said Sen. Mel Martinez, who introduced the legislation last week, along with fellow Florida Republican Rep. Dave Weldon.

Under the bill, Mrs. Schiavo -- who is incapacitated and has been the center of a bitter legal battle for years between her husband and her parents -- would be granted a chance at federal habeas corpus review, typically only used to review death-row cases before an execution.

The bill would allow federal courts -- in limited cases such as Mrs. Schiavo's -- to expand habeas corpus review to incapacitated people who are the subject of a family dispute, have no previous written directive and are the subject of a lower court order to stop their food and water.

One must wonder why Democrats are not involved. Maybe they think the murder of innocent people is worth the continued use of judicial activism.

The proposed "Incapacitated Persons" act requires that, for any individual whose life-sustaining treatment is ordered withdrawn pursuant to a court order -- as in the case of Terri Schiavo -- that person has the right to habeas corpus relief to ensure that he or she receives fundamental due process and equal protection of the law before the court can order the person's death. A press release from the Center for a Just Society points out that, in effect, the act extends to incapacitated individuals the same due process rights that are already provided to death row inmates in the United States. 

Of this fact, [Ken Connor of the Center for a Just Society] remarks, "The sad irony is that, in Florida, death row inmates receive more due process protections than Terri Schiavo does." 

AgapePress goes on to detail  more of the recent events surrounding the support for Terri.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 14, 2005 11:57 AM

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