March 2, 2005
Making Food and Water Life Support: Who had the law changed and why?Topics: News
The Hapless Misadventures of the Pinellas County Court System keeps getting stinkier and stinkier and scarier and scarier. Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos took his case and then filed the petition to introduce HB 2131 in 1999. Then the law in Tallahassee gets changed. Then the Schiavo case gets heard. In that order.
In April 1999 - House Bill 2131 was introduced in the Florida legislature by the Florida Elder Affairs & Long-Term Care Committee to amend Section 765 (Civil Rights) of the Florida Statutes. The amendments to Section 765.101 were the legal definition of "life prolonging procedures" to add: "INCLUDING ARTIFICIALLY PROVIDED SUSTENENCE AND HYDRATION, WHICH SUSTAINS, RESTORES, OR SUPPLANTS A SPONTANEOUS VITAL FUNCTION".
Who lobbied for changing the law to make food and water be defined as "artificial" life support in 1999?
HB 2131 GENERAL BILL by Elder Affairs & Long-Term Care (HFC); Argenziano; (CO-SPONSORS) Heyman; Sobel; Reddick; Fiorentino; Bilirakis; Littlefield; Kosmas; Bitner; Jacobs; Levine; Bloom.
David Allen contacted the Clerk of The Florida House and was informed that "Bilirakis" was Representative "Gus Michael Bilirakis" (terms 1998 - 2000 and 2001 - 2003).
Note that the hospice where Terri Schiavo has been held is operated by Suncoast Hospice. Rep. Gus Michael Bilirakis lists himself on the Suncoast Hospice Board of Directors - along with George Felos who filed the suit in the summer of 1998 to withdraw food and water form Terri Schiavo. Who else has also been on that Board?
Our good ole boy judge has worked side by side as county commissioner with Barbara Sheen Todd (county commissioner) for eight years. Barbara Sheen Todd is on the board of, you guessed it, the hospice where Terri Schiavo is kept prisoner by her husband, Michael Schiavo, who lives with another woman that he has two children with.
Also, Judge Greer's fellow judge, Judge John Lenderman is the brother of Martha Lenderman, also on the, you got it, the same hospice board.
Perhaps other legislators as well were seeking this change!
Was HB 2131 (in 1999) "enabling" legislation specifically sought by George Felos to allow him to withdraw food & water from Terri Schiavo with the State's blessing?
What is the connection between Suncoast Solutions and Hospice?
Talk show host David Allen intends to find out.
Bloggers, we need to swarm this a little to help David get the issue the traction it deserves.
Posted by richard at March 2, 2005 11:44 AM
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