Thursday, March 10, 2005
Murder by Judge
Florida Republicans Rep. Dave Weldon and Senator Mel Martinez introduced legislation yesterday that would give Terri Schiavo and other disabled patients the same rights and federal legal protections as prisoners on death row. Steven Ertelt writes for LifeNews: "The bill would allow Terri's parents to use a 'writ of habeas corpus' to take the case out of the Florida state courts and to federal courts." LifeNews also reports that Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos said the bill was unconstitutional and could cause years of delays before Terri's feeding tube could be removed: "To allow never-ending federal review of state court decisions would make it virtually impossible to carry out patients' wishes if anyone in the family disagreed."