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April 4, 2005

Black Caucus Split on Schiavo Case

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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.

Source: Newsmax

Posted by tim at April 4, 2005 8:49 PM


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Another question that needs to be answered is "why has the denial of food and nurishment upon an incompacitated human being been able to flurish in this country as no big deal?

Unfortunetly this country has no long term care plan. It seems that we will help those only if they liquidate their assets. You have to be declared indigent (if married both spouses) in order to receive a little aid. How Terri was declared indigent, is beyond me!

Caregivers are not given any support. Anyone who has a serious injury or illnes needs help. Custodial care is not covered by the insurance industry nor our country. And when it comes to brain injury where ongoing rehab and care is needed, the insurance industry does not cover this because it's not considered "medically necessary" nor cost effective with unsure results.!

Feeding tubes seem to have been promoted recently as "life support" to eliminate those that require ongoing care and rehab, to comfort those family members who don't have the time nor money to provide care. Unless this country establishes a long term care plan for everyone and not let the insurance industry dictate who is benificial to live, we will keep hearing how removing nurishment and food as common practice!

Posted by: Caryn at April 5, 2005 8:25 AM

Would they have been so divided if Terri had been a black woman?

Posted by: JIHC at April 5, 2005 11:54 AM

Who knows, JIHC. Someone stated on here that the move is toward eliminating people who are financial burdens (I'll bet the insurance companies have some hand in this). And this has really worked out to the advantage of that agenda as so many have rushed to make out their dying wills. We need more info from people who have been there and seen the reality of how these wills work and I pray to God there is a way out of them for those who see the light.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 5, 2005 1:00 PM

So Terri was a financial burden, therefore she needed to be eliminated...hmmm...what about all the people who are dependent on welfare? Or all the middle-aged "children" who still live with their parents because they don't go out and get a job and support themselves?
Or HOW ABOUT all the criminals serving life sentences or sitting on death row, eating three meals a day, not doing much of anything, being kept alive on the taxpayers' dollars?

Posted by: JIHC at April 5, 2005 6:13 PM

Well, JIHC, you seem to see me going down the tubes on several counts. I am guilty of most of those "crimes". Fact is no one is safe from this monster. If you read Agenda 21 or other documents from the UN you will see that they very much have a plan to deal with "useless eaters".

In fact, if I didn't believe that God values me enough to keep me around, I would go out and strangle myself and save someone else the trouble, being the useless eater that I am. All this is terrible, but true, because some people for various reasons want it to be true and have managed to make it happen. And they will keep on making it happen if we can't find a way to stop them. If we would all follow II Cor. 7:14 God Himself would stop them. But in this eat, drink and be merry society, what are the chances?

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 6, 2005 1:42 AM