George W Bush More
Brain-Damaged Than Terri?

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello, Jeff - The following statement makes me furious. "Feverish action by Bush?" The stroke of his pen could have spelled out life for Terry. George Bush is a disgrace. Talk about his Christianity?
The fact is that Terry is being MURDERED in her own bed by her estranged husband and the help of the courts/government and all Bush does is PRAY? I believe in the power of prayer but in Bush's case he can stop the murder.
I am surprised that, after all of the drinking and drugging Bush has done over the year, he is not in Terry Schiavo's place. When his brain finally gets burned out I sure hope that his feeding tube gets disconnected.
"Whittemore's decision comes after feverish action by President Bush"
...and what about that poll that states 6 out of every 10 people feel the tube should be removed. Who are they polling? Everyone I speak to believes she should have the tube. She is not on a respirator.
The article goes on to talk about "faith in America." America is losing its faith. We are becoming a Godless country. When Terry dies, a piece of America dies with her.
Starving someone to death is disgraceful. George W. Bush is the biggest disgrace in US history. People talked about Clinton and his lack of moral values, well,. George (braindead) Bush has him beat by far.
Moral values? huh! The Bushies talk about right to life, yet, they do nothing as a YOUNG woman starves slowly to death. she is not even given water. Talk about doctors! How can any doctor sit by and allow such a thing to continue.
Terry is only 41 years of age.
There seems to be a prejudice against people who are retarded, autistic or brain damaged. Epilepsy is still not understood and people with it are still outcasts. Every year more and more funding is taken away from services for the retarded. Since President Bush took office he has severely cut back on funding for these services. The federal budget has cut back this funding so brutally and the states cannot pick up the slack.
The only one who is making money on the retarded or mildly retarded are the pharmaceutical companies. Forced ritilin costs taxpayers a fortune and really helps very few. Housing, education, jobs all cut back drastically. Many states have closed work shops for the disabled and warehouse large groups in the existing shops. It does not surprise me, in the least, to see Bush doing nothing for Terry. I think he would kill off anyone who is deemed mentally challenged.
I feel very sad about Terry. She is putting up a valiant fight. She is NOT giving up. Even thought she is infirmed, she is still alive and fighting for her life without food or water since Friday. That should tell us that she WANTS TO LIVE.
Judge Denies Request To Reinsert Feeding Tube
Terri Schiavo's parents appeal to
11th Circuit CourtThe Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. - A federal judge on Tuesday refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo,s feeding tube, denying an emergency request from the brain-damaged woman,s parents.
U.S. District Judge James Whittemore said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments.
Whittemore wrote that Terri Schiavo's "life and liberty interests" had been protected by Florida courts. Despite "these difficult and time strained circumstances," he wrote, "this court is constrained to apply the law to the issues before it."
A notice of appeal was electronically filed hours later Tuesday morning with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by David Gibbs III, an attorney representing Terri Schiavo's parents. The notice tells the court that the full appeal will follow.
That court was already considering an appeal on whether Terri Schiavo's right to due process had been violated.
Reaction from the handful of protesters outside the woman,s hospice early Tuesday came quickly. "It's terrible. They're going to talk and talk and she's going to die," said Miriam Zlotolow, 59, of Venice, Calif.
Whittemore's decision comes after feverish action by President Bush and Congress on legislation allowing the brain-damaged woman's contentious case to be reviewed by federal courts.
The tube was disconnected Friday on the orders of a state judge, prompting an extraordinary weekend effort by congressional Republicans to push through unprecedented emergency legislation early Monday aimed at keeping her alive.
Terri Schiavo did not have a living will. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has fought in courts for years to have the tube removed because he said she would not want to be kept alive artificially and she has no hope for recovery. Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, contend she responds to them and her condition could improve.
'A mortal sin'
Gibbs, the parents, attorney, argued at a Monday hearing in front of Whittemore that forcing Terri Schiavo to starve would be "a mortal sin" under her Roman Catholic beliefs and urged quick action: "Terri may die as I speak."
But George Felos, an attorney for Michael Schiavo, argued that keeping the woman alive also violated her rights and noted that the case has been aired thoroughly in state courts.
"Yes, life is sacred," Felos said, contending that restarting artificial feedings would be against Schiavo,s wishes. "So is liberty, particularly in this country."
Michael Schiavo said he was outraged that lawmakers and the president intervened in a private matter. "When Terri's wishes are carried out, it will be her wish. She will be at peace. She will be with the Lord," he said on CNN's "Larry King Live" late Monday.
Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped briefly because of a possible potassium imbalance brought on by an eating disorder. She can breathe on her own, but has relied on the feeding tube to keep her alive.
Court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery, while her parents insist she could recover with treatment. Doctors have said Schiavo could survive one to two weeks without the feeding tube.
According to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll of 909 adults taken over the weekend, nearly six in 10 people said they think the feeding tube should be removed and felt they would want to remove it for a child or spouse in the same condition.
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Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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