by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2006
Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — The feud between retiring pro-life Congressman Tom DeLay and Terri Schiavo’s former husband Michael is not as old as the legal battle with Terri’s family, but intense nonetheless. After DeLay made an announcement that he is retiring his Congressional seat, Michael released a statement attacking him.
Schiavo claimed "there’s no question " that DeLay retired in part because he supposedly didn’t want to face voters in November after having sided with the Schindler family against Michael’s desire to kill Terri.
"After what he did to Terri and me, he no longer deserved the public trust that he had been given," Michael said, applauding DeLay’s decision to step down from public office.
“I hope Mr. DeLay’s actions in the Congress and the political costs associated with it will be a warning to other lawmakers that Congress just does not belong in the personal and private lives of Americans," Michael threatened.
After Circuit Court Judge George Greer finalized his order allowing Michael to euthanize Terri and state and federal courts refused to review the decision, DeLay said the judges who abrogated Terri’s right to live would be held responsible.
"The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior," DeLay said at the time, adding that the House "will look at an arrogant and out of control judiciary that thumbs its nose at Congress and the president."
Later DeLay apologize for the strong words but maintained his position that the courts gave the Schindler family the shaft in their legal efforts to save her life.
DeLay’s remarks earned him Michael Schiavo’s ire and Terri’s former husband placed him at the top of the list for lawmakers to be defeated when he announced the creation of a new political action committee in December.
The PAC will target pro-life lawmakers who sided with the Schindlers. The PAC is expected to oppose pro-life Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s election and also targets President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on its web site.
The Schindler family, meanwhile, has set up a new organization to help disabled people like Terri receive appropriate medical care and treatment.
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org