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May 2, 2006
Terri Schiavo's Judge Blasts Lawmakers at Ethics Conference
Judge Greer discloses his predisposition:
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) -- The local judge responsible for authorizing Terri Schiavo's painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death bashed Florida lawmakers at a bioethics conference for passing a law that allowed Governor Jeb Bush to step in and save her life. Circuit Court Judge George Greer said legislators should not be involved in end of life decisions.
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Speaking at a bioethics forum sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, Greer claimed state legislators are unable to make quality decisions about important issues surrounding medical treatment for the disabled or terminally ill.
He claimed the Florida lawmakers who passed Terri's Law to stop her euthanasia death did so with "little to no debate" and with "significant arm-twisting."
The title of the symposium sheds some light on why Greer and Michael were both featured. The Center for Bioethics, which doesn't approach issues from a pro-life perspective, called the conference "The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case: Why is it so hard to die in America?"
No one supporting Terri or the Schindler family was invited to speak.
"Judge Greer's presence at the University of Pennsylvania's bioethics conference is not only outright offensive and inappropriate but it is indicative of his own biases against the disabled," Bobby Schindler, Terri's brother, said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
"We are entitled to a fair and unbiased judiciary," Schindler added. "Judge Greer is confirming exactly what my family has maintained from the beginning of Terri's case - that he has a disposition against the vulnerable people whose cases he controls."
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Posted by tim at May 2, 2006 7:37 PM
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