The following appeal is crossposted here courtesy of one of Mark Shea's many readers.
Regardless of your assessment of the relative merits of this defense or its philosophical premises, we urge any of our readers who can assist Terri's defenders in this matter to respond as indicated below. and to spread news of this appeal to appropriate friends and allies.
As for CURE, lest there be any confusion in a matter in which clarity is critical, we simply reaffirm that starving a man to death was murder long before Moses received the Ten Commandments and it will remain so until the last human dies.
Whatever Terri was, the essential point is that she is. Terris is a living human being, a member of the human family, and for that reason alone, her life should be defended without compromise from all who would murder her under the guise of unjust law, which is no law at all.
Yesterday, Doug and I talked with Debi Vinnedge of the Children of God for Life in Clearwater, FL. Last Thursday she was present during the latest hearing to reconsider the court's decision in the Terri Schiavo case.
The argument being presented was essentially this: Terri was a devout Catholic. The Holy Father's March 20th statement spoke clearly that withdrawing her feeding and nutrition was gravely wrong—sinful. As a faithful Catholic therefore, Terri would not be saying "it would be okay to remove my tube" which is just the opposite of what her husband has been presenting to the Court as "her wishes." Any court ruling that permitted removal of her feeding would violate Terri's Constitutionally protected right to practice her religion.
Debi told us that the Judge said from the bench that the attorneys had a week to get him any further case law on the point and that he would rule within 2 weeks whether he would hold a full blown evidentiary hearing to determine whether to vacate the previous orders entered in the case which have favored her husband's position that the tube should be withdrawn.
In order to be prepared for such a hearing, they are seeking evidence that actual Catholics have changed their advance directives or otherwise acted in response to the Holy Father's March 20th statement. Most obvious would be affidavits from individuals who have in fact changed the text of their directives or who have executed directives specifically following the mandate in his statement.
Doug has had two clients who just recently executed will and health care directive packages which quite specifically included directives that feeding and nutrition not be withdrawn unless their bodies could no longer assimilate it.
If you know of such people, can you put Doug in touch with them so he can work to get their evidence passed on to the attorneys who are now litigating on Terri's behalf.
Please respond either to Doug or myself as soon as you can. You can email us at email@example.com. Doug will be contacting the attorneys in Florida within the next couple of days and would like to lay out for them what can be provided from interested people...
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.