Friday, October 31, 2003

ACLJ To Enter Case On Behalf of Terri's Parents

The American Center for Law and Justice, a legal foundation specializing in constitutional law and the protection of human life, announced that they are intervening on behalf of Bob and Mary Schindler, the parents of Terri Schindler Schiavo.

Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, has filed suit in a Florida circuit court to have "Terri's Law" overturned as unconstitutional. The Florida legislature passed "Terri's Law", which enabled Governor Bush to intervene to save Terri, last Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union and pro-euthanasia organizations have intervened on behalf of Michael Schiavo and Felos.

"This is a very important case involving the state's ability to act to protect human life," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "We believe the lawsuit is legally flawed and that both the legislature and the Governor are well within their constitutional authority to take actions to save the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo. We are asking the court to permit the parents to intervene on this legal challenge and we're hopeful the court will agree."

With the ACLU and pro-euthanasia groups mobilizing to support Michael and to challenge Terri's Law, it's welcome news that some "big guns" are also coming in on the side of defending her life, and the lives of all the disabled. They'll be fighting an uphill battle, as it's already been made clear that the Florida courts are disposed to take at face value whatever Michael Schiavo and his pro-death doctors say.