Friday, March 18, 2005

Good Lord 

Apparently I picked the wrong time to document Stupid Shit Done by Legislative Bodies, as today it is the gift that keeps on giving even if you don't want anymore gifts. However, this one is not merely ridiculous but is also frightening and tragic. Jesse:
Schiavo Ghraib
This may be the worst abuse of any Congressional power I've ever heard of.
Washington lawmakers continued the struggle this morning to prevent doctors in Florida from removing a feeding tube this afternoon from a severely brain-damaged woman.

Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee and the Senate majority leader, issued a statement saying that the woman, Terri Schiavo, and her husband, Michael, were being invited to testify in a Congressional inquiry into the matter later this month.

The statement pointed out that Federal law protects witnesses called before Congress "from anyone who may obstruct or impede a witness's attendance or testimony."

The maneuver is the latest step by lawmakers determined to keep Ms. Schiavo alive to prevent her feeding tube from being disconnected, scheduled for 1 p.m. today.
Honestly, this goes beyond a slap in the face to the intent of the law to inviting Chuck Graner in the room and telling him that the law is Iraqi.

UPDATE: Via the Orlando Sentinel, we get this quote:
"It is a contempt of Congress to prevent or discourage someone from following the subpoena that's been issued," David Gibbs, the attorney for her parents, said. "What the U.S. Congress is saying is, 'We want to see Terri Schiavo."'
"The family is prayerfully excited about their daughter going before the United States Congress for the whole world to see how alive she is."

He said that despite her brain damage, she would be able to travel. A statement from the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., on Friday said the purpose of the hearing was to review health care policies and practices relevant to the care of non-ambulatory people.
They want to see her in person? What the HELL?
While I haven't followed this story closely, I've always assumed that Terri's parents actually loved and cared for her. I no longer think that.
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