April 4, 2005
Black Caucus Split on Schiavo CaseTopics: News
The Congressional Black Caucus, made up of liberal Democrats, usually can be counted on to oppose pro-life measures.
But in the case of Terri Schiavo, it was a caucus divided.
Of the 23 caucus members who voted on a bill allowing federal courts to intervene in the Schiavo case in March, 10 supported the Republican-led measure (17 caucus members did not show up to vote).
The presence of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, in Florida to help Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, fight for their daughter's life, might have reflected the divided views among African-Americans.
Jackson's son, a U.S. congressman from Chicago, voted for the House bill that gave federal jurisdiction to Schiavo's case.
For one, it "reflected a strain of social conservatism" inherent in many black political and religious leaders, even though most generally trend toward liberal issues, The Associated Press reported.
"I think the Rev. Jackson's intervention in this case is probably reflective of that tendency," said R. Drew Smith, in an interview with the AP.
Posted by tim at April 4, 2005 8:49 PM
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