Thursday, February 17, 2005

Michael Schiavo To Remove Terri's Feeding Tube Next Tuesday

As I wrote last week, the stays preventing Michael Schiavo from ending Terri's life will expire next Monday.

And so, as this Newsday story reports, Michael is going to waste no time in exercising his lethal resolve regarding his wife:
Michael Schiavo has said that he will remove the tube when the final court stay ends. The current stay is now set to end Tuesday.

George Felos, Michael's attorney, has always contended that Michael has the right to kill Terri any time he wants. Now it looks as though he's going to follow through on that.

But the Schindlers are not going to lie down and passively allow this to happen. In a news conference this afternoon, Bob Schindler vowed to continue the fight:
"In 2000, we said we will fight for Terri with every ounce of strength we have, and we still have many ounces," Bob Schindler said.

"The fight " involves the possibility of getting Governor Bush to intervene, though Bush himself has not offered much optimism for that scenario. There are also efforts underway to lobby the Florida legislature to make changes in Florida statutes that would offer other avenues to safeguard the lives of Terri and other disabled persons, whose lives are currently inadequately protected under the law. However, while a number of legislators have expressed support for such legislation, it is widely beleived that the fate of "Terri's Law" has cowed many Florida representatives from undertaking another legislative gambit.

George Felos, emboldened by his victories in court, has gone so far as to say that any legislation affecting Terri is unconstitutional:
In response to the family's renewed efforts, George Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, said the Florida Supreme Court "made it very clear" that neither the Legislature nor the governor has authority to overturn previous rulings in the case.

"I think the Legislature knows that, and anything they would pass would be unconstitutional," Felos said. [Emphasis added]

Will those who reverence life and see Terri as a human person, and not just a "useless eater", be able to prevail again? If we are to protect her life, and the lives of all the weak and innocent, we must mobilize NOW!


Offer penance in reparation for sins against the dignity of life.

Spread the word.

Call your local talk radio station.

Ask your priest, bishop or pastor to speak out.

Send a donation to Terri's Fight to support the
effort to save Terri's life.

Organize a rally in support of Terri.

Write and call the President to demand that
he speak out and intervene.

Pray some more!