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June 23, 2005

Louisiana bill would protect the disabled

From LifeNews:

The Louisiana state legislature has approved legislation that would protect disabled patients and sent it to Governor Kathleen Blanco for her consideration. The measure is intended to protect people like Terri Schiavo from being starved to death without their consent.

The measure would prohibit the removal of feeding tubes from such patients who are unable to make their own medical decisions.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Gary Beard, a Republican, presumes that any patient who couldn't make his own decision about receiving food and water should be entitled to such care unless they had an advance directive stipulating otherwise.

Current state law allows feeding tubes to be removed if there is not any language in a living will saying not to do so....

A state Senate committee heard testimony from Bobby Schindler, Terri's brother. He asked legislators to adopt the proposal and talked about Terri's death.

"She suffered a slow death," he said. "Dehydration is not something I can ever describe to you."

"Every life is sacred, and we need to treat life that way. We should err on the side of human life," Schindler added. He said the bill would help other families avoid having to go through the "absolutely horrific" trials the Schindlers did during Terri's painful 13 day starvation death.

Bravo for Louisiana! Finally some states start showing some integrity in the aftermath of Terri Schiavo's murder. I just wish my own state of Oklahoma had the courage and common sense to do the same.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 23, 2005 08:49 AM

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