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April 21, 2005

House Committee Holds Hearing on Terri Schiavo, Protecting Disabled

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A House committee held a hearing on the debate surrounding the death of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman who was starved during a painful thirteen day long process.

The hearing was supposed to include Terri and her estranged husband Michael, but judges ignored Congressional subpoenas asking them to appear and allowed her death.

Dave Weldon, a Florida Republican congressman who is also a doctor by profession, testified in front of members of the House Committee on Government Reform.

He told them that feeding tubes should not be removed from incapacitated people whose medical costs are paid in part by the federal government unless the patient has previously given explicit instructions to withdraw food and water.

Weldon told members of the committee he is writing legislation to require Medicare and Medicaid to have a national standard that requires providing all patients with food and water when necessary unless patient's say otherwise beforehand.

"You're going to see more and more people who are less and less disabled being denied care if we do not at least establish some kind of floor or basement or fundamental standard," Weldon said.

Weldon said the federal government system should have a "biased toward life," according to a Ft. Wayne Journal newspaper report.

Indiana Rep. Mark Souder, also a Republican, chaired the meeting.

He agreed with Weldon and said the federal government "should protect patients rather than pave the way to hasten their death."

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Related - Terri Schiavo Case Reveals How We Treated Disabled Americans

Cross posted at Hyscience

Posted by richard at April 21, 2005 3:53 PM

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from Life news article:
"The meeting included experts in neurology, disabilities and hospice care and could be the first step in passing a proposed bill that would help patients like Terri."

"hospice care"
"like Terri"

What experts? I'm leary of any expert in hospice care!!

What about people who are less disabled than Terri? Elderly?

Where do I go to find out more about this meeting and who the "experts" were?

Posted by: kay at April 22, 2005 10:37 AM

"...The hearing was supposed to include Terri and her estranged husband Michael, but judges ignored Congressional subpoenas asking them to appear and allowed her death."

I realize that Terri couldn't appear at the hearing, but why hasn't the Congress upheld the subpoenas requiring michael and his death advocate lawyer george feel-less?

Why hasn't Congress gone after the probate judge greer who ignored their subpoenas?

I think it's great that they are holding these hearings; we might be able to advance life in this country vice death. But at the same time, there are those who were able to get away with ignoring a Federal summons; they should be punished for their defiance.

Posted by: Tress at April 22, 2005 1:53 PM

I agree, Tress. Why is this just not being pursued? Why were the judges and people involved simply allowed to ignore the summons to the subpoenas?

More indication of something deeply wrong in this country.

Posted by: juleni at April 23, 2005 5:55 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I think that it is a GREAT thing that something is going to be done, hopefully, to protect others from having to go through what Terri and her family had to go through, but, at the same time, I want someone to be held accountable for Terri's death. It just makes me so angry, to think that Michael Schiavo, George Felos, Judge Greer, and the many other participants might go without punishment!!!

Posted by: Becka at April 23, 2005 8:22 PM


We're going to go there, hopefully with one of the first real juries in a century. Join the group that works on this task.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 23, 2005 8:57 PM