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|Bobby Schindler Jr., Terri Schindler-Shiavo's brother, spoke at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida in defense of his sister.|
|Bob and Mary Schindler have fought unrelentingly to save
daughter, Terri Schindler-Shiavo.
By Burke J. Balch, J.D., Director, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics
Despite seemingly final defeat in the Florida courts, the Schindler family could be given another chance to save their daughter, Terri Schindler-Schiavo, from starvation and dehydration through federal court action under a bill announced March 3 by Representative Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL).
On February 25, Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge George Greer set 1 p.m. March 18 as the final date and time for removal of her feeding tube, stating his intention to grant no further stays. (See story on page 20 for more details.) Barring increasingly improbable intervention by higher courts, it appears the only chance of avoiding her starvation lies in legislative action by the Florida legislature, Congress, or both.
The Weldon bill, in cases like Terri's, would authorize what is known as a writ of habeas corpus to allow a federal district court to conduct a thorough review of state court decisions and proceedings in the light of the federal Constitution and laws. The Schindlers maintain that their daughter's due process and equal protection rights have been violated in multiple ways, from failure to provide her counsel before effectively condemning her to death, to denying her equal access to rehabilitative techniques and medicine.
UN Committee Endorses
|In his September 21, 2004 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush took a strong position against human cloning.|
In a major triumph almost completely ignored by the major media, the United Nations' deadlock over cloning was broken February 18 when the UN's Legal Committee voted 71-35 with 43 abstentions to accept a declaration calling on all nations to enact laws prohibiting all forms of human cloning.
The UN Declaration on Human Cloning called on member states "to prohibit all forms of human cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life."
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ROE v. WADE
The following quotes exemplify duplicitous incompetence (in boldface):
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that state laws which made it illegal to have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional, and that the decision on whether a woman should have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy should be left to the woman and her doctor to decide. In general, do you favor or oppose this part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal?
--question used by the Harris poll from 1973 to at least 1998 (www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll)
The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision established a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its Roe v. Wade decision, or not?
--Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll question, 5/22-24/2002
The 1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think President Bush should nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Roe v. Wade decision, or nominate justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision?
--Associated Press-IPSOS poll question, 11/19-21/2004