President Bush Says Restoring Terri’s Feeding Tube Was Right Decision

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush Says Restoring Terri’s Feeding Tube Was Right Decision

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 28, 2003

Washington, DC ( — Making his first public comments on the situation of Terri Schiavo, President George W. Bush said he agreed with his brother’s decision to allow doctors to reinsert the feeding tube that is allowing Terri to remain alive.

"Yes, I believe my brother made the right decision,” President Bush said in response to a reporter’s question at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Pro-life groups were pleased by Bush’s comments.

"I am proud to live in a country where the President has the integrity to make the time speak out on behalf of one human being who is being discriminated against because of her disabilities," Lori Hougens told

Hougens, who lobbies Congress on medical ethics issues, added, "This will help in the fight to protect the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities in our country."

Meanwhile, after a cabinet meeting Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jeb Bush defended his actions.

"It makes all the sense in the world to me, something where there’s medical disputes, to try at least," Gov. Bush said.

"It’s very hard for me to be a part of something or sit by idly and allow someone to be starved to death," Bush said. He added that Terri should be evaluated to see if she can swallow food or water on her own.

President Bush’s comments come a day after Michael Schiavo’s attorneys filed suit in an attempt to overturn Governor Bush’s executive order preventing Terri’s death.

Also on Monday, Michael and Terri’s parents made their cases on national television. Michael blasted Terri’s parents and pro-life advocates.

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