Terri Schiavo’s Parents Still Hope Bush Will Intervene

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 17, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Parents Still Hope Bush Will Intervene

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 17, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Despite comments by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday that his legal staff have found no way for him to intervene in the legal decision that allowed Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube to be removed on Wednesday, Terri’s parents still hope he will get involved.

Governor Bush said there is no way that he can overturn a judge’s decision to remove the feeding tube.

But several attorneys, including a former prosecutor of assisted suicide crusader Jack Kevorkian, say that’s not necessary.

All that is needed, they say, is for Bush to call an investigation into the case — specifically into Michael Schiavo’s conflict of interest and allegations that he physically abused Terri causing the heart attack that originally placed her in the coma-like state.

Richard Thompson, the former Kevorkian prosecutor and head of the pro-life Thomas More Law Center, said Bush "has the legal authority to act in the case of Terri Schiavo, but lacks the political will to do so."

"Nobody is asking the Governor to intervene in the civil case. We are asking him to initiate an independent criminal investigation based on a list of facts that suggest criminal wrongdoing," said Thompson.

"We have outlined for the Governor some of these facts, and confirmed his Constitutional authority to act. The fact that he has chosen to confuse the public by
referring to the civil case, completing ignoring the request that we presented, reveals a lack of moral courage and political will. We expect the Governor to do the right thing, and so far, he has refused to do so," Thompson explained.

Thompson said that if Bush fails to act quickly, Terri will die or, if the feeding tube can be reinserted, her condition will have vastly deteriorated.

Meanwhile, Bob and Mary Schindler are not giving up hope and hoping Bush will act on the letters from Thompson and other attorneys.

"We’re waiting to hear from Gov. Bush" on the letters, Bob Schindler told national talk radio host Sean Hannity Thursday afternoon. Schindler said Gov. Bush’s response "probably is our last hope."

Terri could die from dehydration as early as Saturday some experts have predicted.

Related web sites:
Letter 1 from law firm to Bush https://www.terrisfight.org/downloads/More.pdf

Letter 2 from law firm to Bush