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April 04, 2005

Zogby set the record straight

From LifeNews:

Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients.

The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri's case, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube" while just 30 percent disagree.

Another Zogby question his directly on Terri's circumstances.

"If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water," the poll asked.

A whopping 79 percent said the patient should not have food and water taken away while just 9 percent said yes.

"From the very start of this debate, Americans have sat on one of two sides," Concerned Women for America's Lanier Swann said in response to the poll. One side "believes Terri's life has worth and purpose, and the side who saw Michael Schiavo's actions as merciful, and appropriate."

More than three-fourths of Americans agreed, Swann said, "because a person is disabled, that patient should never be denied food and water."

The seriously biased ABC polls was touted as Congress sat, frightened to act, lest they run afoul of the mythical majority that sided with Terri's murderer's. Once again the lesson should be seen clearly -- doing right is always the best policy. Now Congress, the President and the courts face a nation, most of whom are very dissatisfied with their inaction.

coverage: Michelle Malkin, Blogs for Terri, HyScience, Teknosis

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 4, 2005 08:48 AM

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congress and the president abide by LAWS. they had no precedent for action and, if they had chosen to done so, would've violated the rules set forth by the constitution. example, terri's law. declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Posted by: steve at April 4, 2005 04:24 PM

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