Florida Gov Bush Forced to Give Up on Idea to Protect Other Terri Schiavos

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 13, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Florida Gov Bush Forced to Give Up on Idea to Protect Other Terri Schiavos Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 13, 2006

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Terri Schiavo’s euthanasia death, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hoped to pass legislation that would have required doctors to assume that a patient would have not wanted to be denied food and water if they had not put their wishes against it in writing beforehand.

Such a proposal would have protected Terri by allowing her to not be starved to death simply because she didn’t express her wishes to have lifesaving treatment beforehand.

However, the legislative idea for feeding tubes for patients appears to be dead and there is little, if any, hope that the legislature will act on it.

Bush directed his staff to develop legislation based on the idea but couldn’t find a lawmaker willing to carry the bill.

"At this point, it doesn’t appear to be moving forward," Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The governor continues to support providing clarity to end-of-life issues, but he’s no longer pursuing these recommendations."

The deadline for introducing new legislation has passed and Bush also hoped someone would amend his proposal into another bill addressing end of life issues. But, the one lawmaker with legislation left opposes the idea.

Rep. Ed Homan, a Republican, was someone who could have pushed the proposal forward by adding it to his bill. However, he said his legislation will probably not get a hearing and he doesn’t favor the governor’s idea.

"I happen to be at odds with it, so I couldn’t put it in my bill," Homan told the Orlando newspaper. "But the car is out of gas, so who cares who wants to ride in it?"

Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org