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Terri Schiavo Deserves the Same Rights as Ted Bundy
U.S. Newswire ^ | 3/10/2005 | Genevieve Wood

Posted on 03/10/2005 4:59:59 PM PST by AliVeritas

WASHINGTON, March 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Ted Bundy, the BTK killer and others like them currently receive more protection under the law than Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who has been sentenced to death by starvation and dehydration by the Florida Courts. However, if Congress passes "The Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act," they can rightfully change that. Ken Connor, Chairman of the Center for a Just Society and former legal counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush and the state of Florida in defending "Terri's Law," released the following statement:

"The outrageous outcome of court rulings surrounding this case is this -- a convicted capital felon in Florida receives more due process protection than a disabled person at risk for starvation or dehydration because they have become burdensome to their family.

"Capital felons in Florida are entitled to a trial by jury, independent counsel, competent representation and automatic review of their death penalty by the Supreme Court of Florida. By contrast, Terri Schiavo has received none of these protections. Perhaps even more ironic is the fact that if the most heinous of mass murderers were to receive a sentence of death by starvation or dehydration, the courts would overturn that sentence as a violation of the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

"Although capital felons are recognized as 'persons' within the language and meaning of the constitution, it is obvious that, in the courts' view, those who share Terri Schiavo's disabilities fall outside the pale of 'personhood.' For years, disability advocates have lamented that they were not treated as 'whole persons' worthy of the full protection of the law. The courts' decisions in Bush vs. Schiavo prove they are right.

(Excerpt) Read more at releases.usnewswire.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; schiavo
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1 posted on 03/10/2005 5:00:00 PM PST by AliVeritas
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To: AliVeritas

Currently, Ted Bundy is not receiving any protection.

He's dead.


2 posted on 03/10/2005 5:03:28 PM PST by sharktrager (The masses will trade liberty for a more quiet life.)
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To: sharktrager

Exactly what I was going to say.

Surely a better example can be used than a guy that Florida threw the switch to!!


3 posted on 03/10/2005 5:10:31 PM PST by mellyK
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To: AliVeritas

She deserves the same rights as Michael Ross. Let an activist Federal Judge call the state judge and threaten him like Judge Chatigny did in Connecticut.


4 posted on 03/10/2005 5:31:32 PM PST by blue-duncan
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To: sharktrager

Terri Schiavo's right to live is certainly as sacred as those residents of our prisons death rows. If Terri Schiavo had been a criminal and was on death row somewhere, she would never,ever be allowed to die.

Terri Schiavo must be allowed to live.


5 posted on 03/10/2005 5:37:43 PM PST by joem15 (Truth is a formidable Force)
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To: AliVeritas

It's truly sick that people on death row have more right to die than innocents who choose that route. Who but capital criminals and suicides know how they are going to die and can ensure it is painless? Amazing.


6 posted on 03/10/2005 5:38:04 PM PST by Gondring (They can have my Bill of Rights when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!)
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To: AliVeritas

We are living in a sick society where the greedy and nutcase agendas are winning.


7 posted on 03/10/2005 5:48:29 PM PST by freekitty
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To: All; Ohioan from Florida

8 posted on 03/10/2005 5:50:22 PM PST by Future Useless Eater (FreedomLoving_Engineer)
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To: AliVeritas

             Great article, it is well worth reading in its entirety.

The latest development is that some guy is offering Terri’s husband one million dollars if he gives up the case. Suspicious? I’ll get into that but first: Gov. Bush wanted the court to appoint an independent guardian for Terri. The judge refused. The question is why?

          Whoever has the most to gain by Terri’s death is the force behind this miscarriage of justice. Judges are simply lawyers in black robes. How much do you trust lawyers?  Is the judge in this case simply ignorant of constitutional law?  I don’t think so. Anyone who has the most rudimentary knowledge knows that Terri was denied due process of law. So why did the judge in this case make such a sophomoric error?

How much does it cost to keep people like Terri alive? Who bears the costs in most cases? Certainly an ordinary family cannot afford millions a year for intensive care around the clock, unless of course if they have medical insurance.

          Someone has offered one million dollars if Terri’s x-husband will give up his custody and allow Terri’s parents to take over her care. Maybe I’ve written too many movie scripts, but I’m wondering if this offer is a set up? Terri’s X is just after the life insurance money, right? Wrong, you get some guy to make an offer of one million dollars that you know the X is not going to accept. When the X turns the offer down, he looks like mister clean. Of course if the X does take the money, than forget what I’m suggesting. Your Freepers are smart enough to fill in the details. Why would anyone set up such a canard?

9 posted on 03/10/2005 5:53:56 PM PST by watchdog_writer
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What movie scripts have you written?


10 posted on 03/10/2005 6:10:15 PM PST by Netizen (jmo)
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To: watchdog_writer
Certainly an ordinary family cannot afford millions a year for intensive care around the clock...

But that's just it. Terri requires nothing but food and water, same as you and me (only she gets it from a tube). She's not on medication (Michael refuses to let her be treated for any infections), she's not on physical therapy (Michael refusts to let her limbs be manipulated), she's not on any expensive machines (nothing breathes for her or cleanses her kidneys or keeps her heart beating). Millions for her care? Good Lord, she doesn't even get to watch a dollar's worth of television. Her parents could easily take just as good (HA! What am I saying?? They could take BETTER) care of her compared to what she's getting in the hospice.

11 posted on 03/10/2005 6:18:48 PM PST by shezza
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A doctor signed a document in 2000 stating she was PVS and they have treated her as if she was from then til now.


12 posted on 03/10/2005 6:22:03 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: shezza

That's right! She only getting fed through the tubes and her room. That is her expense and hardly millions per year. Why, it would relieve the insurance company if her parent's could take care of her. No reason not to.........


13 posted on 03/10/2005 6:22:36 PM PST by Netizen (jmo)
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To: watchdog_writer

Hi, am new here, mind if I join in. My son is similar to Terri,so my heart bleeds for her and her parents.
First of all it is not intensive care, he is stable and healthy as is Terri.it is constant care but not intensive.
He is on Medicaid ,which picks up the tab, the insurance he had ran out.
Invoice for this months supplies I have in front of me.
Ensure for his daily nutrition 8 cases for the month, (6 cans a day) $350.00
He uses a pump set-up for his feeding, not the gravity feed that Terri has so that is more expensive, the bolus feede4 they are using with Terri can be re-used, the catheters that attach to the feeding device cost for my son $375.00 for a thirty day supply.
Is not that much if you compare it to buying groceries for a person for a month.
There is other considerations for a bedfast patient,but they are different for my son and Terri so cannot compare.
Do you object to medicare paying for his food and maintenence supplies?


14 posted on 03/10/2005 6:23:41 PM PST by olliecollie
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To: watchdog_writer
The right to die movement has so much riding on Terri's death it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they contributed millions towards killing her.The manner in which this judge has treated this case looks as though he's been bought and paid for by the husband and his lawyer.He has nothing but contempt for Terri and her parents and treats them like pests.To him they are not a loving mother and father who are trying to save the life of their daughter but two objects who are causing him an inconvenience.Could you believe the nerve these people have to bother a judge.I mean really he's only trying to kill their daughter.What's their problem?
15 posted on 03/10/2005 6:31:53 PM PST by rdcorso (We Are A Nation Fighting Against The Deadly Disease Of Liberalism)
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To: AliVeritas
There is a Civil War raging in this country and people are being murdered more brazenly each day as the Constitution is ground into chaff. Americans are supposed to be blessed with unalienable rights that include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Terry has done nothing wrong and clearly has a right to life. I think this murderous judge should be put on notice, that if his side loses this Civil War, then he will be held accountable for trashing the Constitution, and he will prosecuted as an accessory to premeditated murder.
16 posted on 03/10/2005 6:48:04 PM PST by ghostrider
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To: AliVeritas
a convicted capital felon in Florida receives more due process protection than a disabled person at risk for starvation or dehydration because they have become burdensome to their family

Everything's completely upside down. Black is white, white is black...

17 posted on 03/10/2005 7:26:34 PM PST by Terriergal (What is the meaning of life?? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever.)
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To: olliecollie

Welcome, and our hearts go out to your son and to you too.


18 posted on 03/10/2005 7:28:42 PM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: watchdog_writer
Terri’s X

They are still legally married aren't they?

19 posted on 03/10/2005 8:23:00 PM PST by Terriergal (What is the meaning of life?? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever.)
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To: Netizen

Isn't it odd that Michael had an order issued that she was to get nothing by mouth (hence the feeding tube) because 'she might aspirate it and get ill or choke. Yet here he is now trying to get an order to remove the feeding tube. How strange is that? It's so transparent even my 11 yr old can see it.


20 posted on 03/10/2005 8:25:40 PM PST by Terriergal (What is the meaning of life?? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever.)
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