March 14, 2005
Federal Bill to Aid Terri SchiavoTopics: Legislative Action Items
Urgently ask your U.S. Senators and Representative to support the "Federal Terri’s Law", the Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act, to extend federal habeas corpus rights to incapacitated patients, such as Terri Schiavo.
"Congress can act to ensure a federal court hearing on whether or not Terri will die of starvation and dehydration," said Lori Kehoe, Congressional Liaison for National Right to Life Committee's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics. "A proceeding known as the ‘writ of habeas corpus,’ which is protected by the U.S. Constitution, has been used for centuries to give a hearing to those whose liberty has been constrained by state courts in violation of the Constitution or federal laws. We call on all citizens to immediately contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to support Representative Weldon’s bill to amend the Habeas Corpus Act to allow its use when a state court orders denial of food or fluids in cases like Terri’s."
Senator Mel Martinez (R-Fl) introduced the bill in the Senate as S. 539 on March 7; Representative Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-Fl-15) introduced it in the House as H.R. 1151 on March 8.
Time is of the essence! Only a massive outpouring from their constituents will move Members of Congress to act quickly enough on this vital bill to give Terri her chance at life.
For contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representatives, click here.
Posted by tim at March 14, 2005 12:06 AM
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