Comments: Send in the National Guard

It is a sad comment on our society that we have reached a point where we allow a young woman to be barbarically murdered in public, when she has family ready to love her and care for her and the state denies them that right.

Whether she is in a prolonged vegetative state or mentally disabled is not really the issue. Terri Schiavo never made her wishes known. There is good reason to believe that, given access to proper treatment & therapy, she might respond and her condition improve.

Almost immediately after her husband obtained a large settlement to enable him to continue her care, he ceased that care, denied her further treatments and began a legal struggle to end her life. I could go on and on but his motives are in serious doubt.

I have heard way too much about Terri's "right to die". What about her right to live?

Posted by Bill at March 24, 2005 11:10 PM

Jeb doesn't need to resort to the National Guard. He could've had the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) take her into temporary custody at any time, something they routinely do with elderly, incapacitated or disabled adults who they have reason to believe have been abused or neglected. It's an exercise of their administrative duties under the Florida statutes and they DON'T need a court order to do it (though it is, of course, subject to judicial review after). Unfortunately, instead of simply sending in DCF on their own, the governor very stupidly went on bended knee to ask permission from Judge Greer, and what he got as a response was a slap in the face and a judicial power-grab of monumental proportions: a mandate from the court to every sheriff in the state to prevent DCF from carrying out its duties should it attempt to do so.

Posted by Dave J at March 25, 2005 01:46 AM

Governor Bush is Terri's last hope and he has the constitutional authority to put an end to this right now. Alan Keyes writes an explanation of how the separation of powers and the checks and balances between the 3 branches of government can be used to defend justice against situations of judicial tyranny, which this clearly is. read it here

Posted by Bill at March 25, 2005 11:17 PM

Debbye, you speak my own mind. Brian Nichols will be given every comfort known to man because he is an admitted killer-on-trial. Terri Schaivo will be given nothing - not even a feeding tube.

At some point we gotta, finally, ask ourselves if the value of life is worth the value of a Life. This whole thing is making me sick.

Posted by Tuning Spork at March 26, 2005 12:20 AM

Bill, while Keyes may be right in principle, in practice that simply isn't going to happen. Jeb isn't going to send DCF agents into a gunfight with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, and that's ultimately what would be required.

Posted by Dave J at March 27, 2005 02:28 AM

Bill, thanks for the link. I only had a chance to read it this morning, and noted that Keyes too thinks the judiciary has tipped the balance of powers. I don't agree with him, though, that the executive branch alone can take on the judiciary.

More on the update.

Posted by Debbye at March 29, 2005 07:34 AM

There is a very good article on concerning the money that has been involved in this case. The title of the article is:

Terri's money used to pay for starvation death
Once well-provided for, disabled woman now dependent on taxpayers.

I found this quote in the article very telling.

"... Attorney Felos, the guardian, and I feel that the receipt of a petition for payment of attorney fees regarding this issue would not be the best and kindest way for the ward's parents to learn that this issue is being considered."

In other words, We are going to do everything we can to prevent Terri from living, and we are going to get paid from Terri's estate,but we do not want to tell Terri's parents what we are doing, despite the law saying that Terri's parents should be notified. Please read the article,it is very informative.

Posted by ArchAngel at March 29, 2005 03:27 PM

Archangel, I don't know if it's the same article but I also read that the settlement has paid Michael Schiavo's legal fees.

Do you have the link?

Posted by Debbye at March 30, 2005 03:42 AM

Tuning Spork, beautifully put. It's easy to talk about the value of life but our words are hollow when we have failed to revere the value of a Life.

Great response to Neal Boortz over at Blather Review.

Posted by Debbye at March 30, 2005 06:15 AM

Here is the link to the article that I mentioned iin my post.

Posted by ArchAngel at March 30, 2005 01:43 PM