President Bush Supports Helping Terri Schiavo, Courts Should Back Disabled

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 18, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush Supports Helping Terri Schiavo, Courts Should Back Disabled

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 18, 2005

Washington, DC ( — As Congress and state and national courts were considering how to address the legal debate that surrounds Terri Schiavo, President Bush made his views on the matter clear Thursday and said the nation’s legal system should err on the side of protecting the vulnerable.

President Bush acknowledged that the Terri Schiavo case "raises complex issues."

"Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life," the president explained.

"Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern," President Bush added.

"It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected – and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities," Bush said.

Those comments went over well with Joseph Swank, a pro-life columnist who writes for a number of Internet blogs.

"Thank God we have a powerful President of a mighty nation who refuses to waffle, to compromise, to rationalize when it comes to defending all life," he said.

In October 2003, President Bush told reporters he agreed with a decision by his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, to ask doctors to reinsert the feeding tube that allows Terri to live.

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