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Thursday, March 03, 2005

YOU can help save Terri!

From the NRLC (National Right to Life Committee):

WASHINGTON, March 3 Christian Wire Service -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling on Congress to enact a bill to be introduced by Representative Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-Fl-15) that would give the Schindler family access to a federal court to argue for the life of their daughter, Terri Schindler-Schiavo.
"Congress can act to ensure a federal court hearing on whether or not Terri will die of starvation and dehydration," said Lori Kehoe, Congressional Liaison for NRLC's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics. "A proceeding known as the 'writ of habeas corpus,' which is protected by the U.S. Constitution, has been used for centuries to give a hearing to those whose liberty has been constrained by state courts in violation of the Constitution or federal laws. We call on all citizens to immediately contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to support Representative Weldon's bill to amend the Habeas Corpus Act to allow its use when a state court orders denial of food or fluids in cases like Terri's."

Representative Weldon has announced that he will introduce the Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act on Tuesday, March 8, 2005.

Call your Federal Representatives ASAP!

Also check out MediaCulpa’s report on an error Judge Greer made in a past ruling.
“Schiavo's parents want Judge George Greer to throw out his ruling to remove her feeding tube because his order includes an error about the Quinlan case. Her husband's lawyer called the request invalid and dismissed the error as insignificant.”

Yet George Felos also claims that what Greer said in the ruling was not really what he meant (??), and that the reason “the Schindlers' request is invalid [is] because too much time has passed since Greer's 2000 ruling.”

Does this mean that if the right amount of time passes between an error in a ruling and the discovery of/challenge to that error, it’s legally irrelevant? Sheesh, I must know less about law than I already know I don’t know...

But why is Felos even saying these things if this statement is true:
“It could all be moot. Greer's 2000 ruling suggests Schiavo's opinion of the Quinlan case didn't weigh heavily in his decision.”
I guess the status conference set for tomorrow (Friday) will tell.


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