Like many people, I have been following the tragedy of Terri Schindler Schiavo. I am unconvinced that she would have ever freely chosen to die by dehydration and starvation. I am unconvinced that her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, is faithfully representing her wishes. I am also uninterested in any medical professional's prognostication as to whether Terri Schiavo will ever regain full cognition. Her natural family wishes her to live and to take responsibility to take care of her, is suspicious of her husband's motives, and contests the medical diagnosis. These facts alone are enough for me to conclude that Terri Schiavo's right to life is being violated by her adulterous and possibly bigamous husband, with the active complicity of both Florida and federal judges, who are using government force to prevent Terri Schiavo from having access to water and food. I call this premeditated murder. I am shocked that this is happening in the United States rather than in Cuba, North Korea, or Iran. I am shocked that even the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States, not to mention the Governor of Florida, are intimidated by judges into taking no actual action to save Terri Schiavo's life.
If all that they need is a legal excuse to cover their asses, may I suggest a few:
1) President George W. Bush has the power to declare Terri Schiavo an enemy combatant, and send federal agents to arrest her. She can then be transported to an undisclosed location where she can be given the medical care guaranteed a prisoner of war until she is capable of being interrogated. Let's see how well Michael Schiavo fares in getting a habeas petition.
2) Florida Governor Jeb Bush can send Florida state troopers to take Terri Schiavo into protective custody as a potential witness against Michael Schiavo for her impending murder, based on the sworn statements of a nurse who declares Michael Schiavo's injected Terri with insulin with the intent to cause her death. It does not matter that Florida's statute for a charge of attempted murder has already passed. Murder does not have a statutory time limit, and I can't think of a reason why she can't be placed into protective custody as a witness against him until such time as she dies.
3) Anyone want to file a civil suit against Terri Schiavo, and demand she be kept alive until she can be deposed? I can think of lots of reasons to sue her, particularly if anyone holding vigil for her gets hurt.
4) Pray for a miracle. If God can raise the dead, God can restore a liquified cerebral cortex.
J. Neil Schulman
March 23, 2005
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