Friday, March 11, 2005

FLORIDA REPUBLICANS ACT TO PROTECT SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE

By Stockton

Republican lawmakers in Florida acted swiftly to block a March 18, 2005 deadline that would remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tubes.


Plans Afoot to Keep Schiavo Feeding Tube
Wed Mar 9, 2005

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Florida's social services agency and Republican state lawmakers acted on two fronts Wednesday to block the March 18 removal of a feeding tube for a woman at the center of a contentious right-to-die case.

"This isn't about the Schiavo's," said one Republican lawmaker. "This is about the government's right to interfere in someone else's personal nightmare and protect the sanctity of marriage in this country. This isn't a decision that spouses should make."

Terri Schiavo, in a vegetative state for 15 years, has become a symbol among the Right-to-a-Feeding Tube crowd, led by a number of Christian Fundamentalist organizations.

Dr. James Dobson is fairly outspoken about the case. "First spousal abuse, then rape, now decade long vegetative states. Their looking for anything that will undermine traditional marriage in the nation. If a vegetative state was a reason to euthanize a spouse, I'd lose over half my congregation!"

If the feeding tube is removed, it will be put up for auction on EBay to help fund more interference in people's private matters.



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