Congressional Leaders, Pro-Life Groups Respond to Terri Schiavo Starvation

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

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 18, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Congressional leaders and pro-life organizations responded with disappointment Friday afternoon following the removal of Terri’s feeding tube for what could be the third and final time.

House and Senate leaders promised not to give up the fight, despite a local judge ignoring their subpoena requests and the legal protection they afford witnesses.

"Right now, murder is being committed against a defenseless American citizen in Florida," House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, said. "Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube should be immediately replaced, and Congress will continue working to explore ways to save her."

"What is happening to her is not compassion — it is homicide," DeLay added. "She doesn’t need to die, and as long as Terri Schiavo can breathe and her supporters can pray, we will not rest."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist agreed that the battle over saving Terri Schiavo is not done.

"The Senate and the House remain dedicated to saving Terri Schiavo’s life," Frist told Reuters late Friday.

President Bush discussed Terri’s situation with his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and members of the Florida congressional delegation.

"We’re continuing to monitor developments,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan told the Associated Press. "The president believes when there are serious questions or doubts in a case like this that the presumption ought to be in favor of life.”

Meanwhile, pro-life groups said they, too, will continue to work to prevent Terri’s starvation death.

"This is a sad day for our country that we as a nation are allowing an innocent woman to be sentenced to a painful death of dehydration and starvation," Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said.

"We need our leaders in Congress to intercept Judge Greer and demand that he honor the issued subpoena," Perkins said. "I urge Congress to assert their rightful authority and not run from the courts."