Tom DeLay Continues Attack on Terri Schiavo Judges

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 20, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Tom DeLay Continues Attack on Terri Schiavo Judges

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 20
, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Tom DeLay may have apologized for the words he chose to blast judges who refused to halt Terri Schaivo’s starvation death, but he hasn’t stopped the attack on what he calls an "out of control" judiciary.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay now says Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been "incredibly outrageous" because of his refusal to hear the case put forward by Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler to prevent their daughter’s starvation.

DeLay labeled the judges who refused to follow a Congressional bill calling for a review of the case and delaying Terri’s death "judicial activists."

"Absolutely. We’ve got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That’s just outrageous," DeLay told Fox News Radio on Tuesday.

Kennedy has drawn the ire of pro-life advocates for siding with the majority of justices who have voted to uphold the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

In the interview with FOX News Radio’s Tony Snow DeLay indicated the House Judiciary Committee will review the actions of the judges involved in the Terri Schiavo case.

DeLay said he and other members of Congress are interested in using the judicial review authority given to the legislative branch by the Constitution.

"We’ve already passed six bills limiting the jurisdiction of the court in the last two years. They haven’t gotten through the Senate but we’re starting this body of thought," DeLay said.

"We have plenty of opportunities and ways to hold the judiciary accountable," DeLay added.

Last week, DeLay apologized for using a poor choice of words to describe his frustration with a judicial system that didn’t take the disabled woman’s rights into consideration before signing off on her death.

"I said something in an inartful way and I shouldn’t have said it that way and I apologize for saying it that way," DeLay told reporters, according to an Associated Press report.