Monday, March 21, 2005

House Passes Bill — Terri Can Get A New Hearing

I'm sure by now most of you have already heard, around 12:30 AM this morning, the US House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 686, "For the Relief of the Parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo".

The vote was 203 for, 58 against.

Take note of the 58 against, and remember those names come election time...

I personally would have been happier with a broader bill, similar to the original House version, which remedied the status of a larger class of persons who are in situations similar to Terri. But, on the whole, this is a victory.

Now the Schindlers have to convince a Federal judge to order the re-insertion of Terri's feeding tube, and to agree to hear the merits of their case.

And there will almost certainly be a constitutional challenge to this law. But in the meantime, the Florida legislature can repair the defects in Florida law which are the underlying reason for this whole situation.

It's not over yet...