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April 07, 2005

More fallout from Terri's murder

From the New York Post:

In the wake of Terri Schiavo's death, a Brooklyn assemblyman has introduced "Terri's Law" — a bill that would prohibit removing a feeding tube without the patient's written consent.

William Colton told The Post he wants to make it more difficult to pull a feeding tube if a patient's wishes are in question and to avoid ugly fights in New York like the one that surrounded the Schiavo case in Florida.

"Food and water should not be something someone should be deprived of lightly," said Colton, a Democrat.

I expect to hear more of this kind of stuff through the next few weeks. Of course locally I've only received luke warm responses from state legislators. Politics can be dirty, and politicians (well as most people, to be honest) are a lazy lot.

Meanwhile in Florida...

From Tampa Bay Online:

“I think it would be best right now for us to take a deep breath and step back from the issue, and when the emotions dissipate in time, maybe then we can look at this more rationally and disconnect this from the Schiavo situation,” said Senate President Tom Lee, R- Brandon, who supported a Senate bill that could have intervened in the woman's care.

Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville, the architect of the state's existing “Death With Dignity” laws and one of nine Republicans who joined Democrats in rejecting new Schiavo legislation, concurred.

“Nobody from either side wants this to be emotionally charged and acted upon as much as they want it to be logically charged and acted upon,” King said.

Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday he, too, wants the issue moved to the back burner.

“I want to know where we stand relative to what other states are doing,” Bush said. “It may take longer than this session to know that.”

Kinda reminds me of the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail after Sir Launcelot killed several of wedding guests at a castle.

LAUNCELOT:
Sorry. Sorry. You see what I mean? I just get carried away. I'm really most awfully sorry. Sorry! Sorry, everyone.
GUEST #1:
He's killed the best man!
GUESTS:
[yelling]
FATHER:
Hold it! Hold it! Please! Hold it! This is Sir Launcelot from the Court of Camelot, a very brave and influential knight, and my special guest here today.
LAUNCELOT:
Hello.
GUEST:
He killed my auntie!
GUESTS:
[yelling]
FATHER:
Please! Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.

But the fact remains that what happened in Florida wasn't just some dark British comedy, it was a cold-blooded murder -- done while the Governor and the legislature cowered in fear of a judiciary they had been empowered by their state Constitution to maintain. Sorry, guys, you may want everyone to forget, but we won't -- we can't. You made your bed, now sleep in it.

Coverage: Blogs for Terri, The Wides Awakes

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 7, 2005 09:31 AM

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