March 18, 2005

Congress Moves to Save Terri Schiavo's Life (UPDATED: The Murder Has Begun)

3:20 PM:

IT HAS BEGUN

Terry Cries when told she is about to be murdered.

My infant son seems to have about the same mental capacity as Terri. I dare any one of you to try starve him to death......

RELATED.

Another critical update 1:51 EDT: Flashing light at Drudge

"JUDGE RULES TERRI'S FEEDING TUBE CAN BE REMOVED"

AP Breaking:

The presiding judge in the case of Terri Schiavo ruled Friday that the feeding tube keeping the brain-damaged woman alive can be removed despite efforts by congressional Republicans to have her appear at congressional hearings.

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer refused a request from U.S. House attorneys to delay the removal, which he had previously ordered to take place at 1 p.m. EST. Greer determined that it should go forward about an hour after another judge issued a temporary delay blocking the tube's removal.

There was no immediate word on when the tube might be removed.

Peggy Noonan chimes in at WSJO:
At the heart of the case at this point is a question: Is Terri Schiavo brain-dead? That is, is remedy, healing, physiologically impossible?

No. Oddly enough anyone who sees the film and tape of her can see that her brain tells her lungs to breathe, that she can open her eyes, that she seems to respond at times and to some degree to her family. She can laugh. (I heard it this morning on the news. It's a childlike chuckle.) In the language of computers she appears not to be a broken hard drive but a computer in deep hibernation. She looks like one of those coma cases that wind up in the news because the patient, for no clear reason, snaps to and returns to life and says, "Is it 1983? Is there still McDonald's? Can I have a burger?"

Beth at MVRWC is live-blogging this. Chris Short, too.

Critical update 1:13 EDT: Yahoo News:

A state judge on Friday temporarily blocked the removal of the feeding tube for severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo as congressional Republicans stepped up efforts to keep her alive.

Pinellas Circuit Court Chief Judge David Demers ordered that the feeding tube remain in place past a 1 p.m. EST deadline while fellow Judge George Greer, who is presiding over the Schiavo case, deals with conflicting legal issues.

The Senate Health Committee has requested that Terri Schiavo and her husband, Michael, appear at an official hearing on March 28.

The Pinellas Park hospice where Schiavo lives received a subpoena late Friday morning, spokeswoman Louise Cleary said. Officials there did not say who was subpoenaed or disclose their next steps.

Hat tip: Leopold Stotch

Matt (still not returning my e-mails) Drudge has this exclusive:

The Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) has requested Terri Schiavo to testify before his congressional committee, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. In so doing it triggers legal or statutory protections for the witness, among those protections is that nothing can be done to cause harm or death to this individual.

Members of Congress went to the U.S. Attorney in DC to ask for a temporary restraining order to be issued by a judge, which protects Terri Schiavo from having her life support, including her feeding and hydration tubes, removed... [MORE]

Hat tip: Alicia

UPDATE: ABC News via Jeff Quinton:

Working against the clock, House lawmakers tried to prevent doctors in Florida from removing the feeding tube Friday from a severely brain-damaged woman.

In a two-pronged approach, a House committee was issuing congressional subpoenas to stop doctors from disconnecting the tube, while an attorney for the parents of the woman, Terri Schiavo, said he would ask a federal judge in Tampa to block the removal and review the actions of state courts.

Such habeas corpus appeals seek to require the government to justify its actions.

In a last-ditch attempt to stop the court-ordered removal, a House committee on Capitol Hill here decided early Friday morning to start an investigation into Schiavo's case and issue subpoenas ordering doctors and hospice administrators not to remove her feeding tubes and to keep her alive until that investigation was complete.

The effort by the House Government Reform Committee came after lawmakers in both Washington and Tallahassee failed in attempts to pass legislation to keep her husband, Michael Schiavo, from having the tube pulled despite heavy lobbying by Schiavo's parents.

Related satire: Congress Works to Outlaw 132nd Trimester Abortions; Michael Schiavo's Lawyers to Appeal

Joyner has a pretty good argument against the legislative move.

Ace also asks a relevant seperation of powers question.

Malkin offers a link to this Terri Schiavo news aggregator.

Chris Short offers the anti-big government argument against legilative involvement.

Others: The Corner, Captain Ed, La Shawn, Scared Monkeys

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:20 PM | Comments |