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Old 03-24-2005, 02:14 PM
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Hypocrisy in the Schiavo Case

Editor's Note: Thousands of Afghan and Iraqi mmothers have been killed
by US Bombs. Their right-to-life is of no interest to many of the
blowhard Republicans and clergymen who are shopwing off their supposed
moral superiority in the Terry Schiavo case. Once again they are being
suckered by Skull-and-Bones Satanist George W. Bush's agenda of
political expediency: if Bush murders thousands of mwomen in Iraq and
Afghanistan, then what makes anyone think that he truly cares for the
life of one woman in Florida? Especially in light of the fact that Bush
signed a right-to-die law while he was governor of Texas!

Bush Hypocrisy in Schiavo Case:
Limited Government & States Rights Discarded

by Eli Pariser

On Sunday, Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, the Republican congressional
leaders, convened an emergency meeting of Congress to pass a bill
concerninh the Terri Schiavo tragedy. And although in five years no
other issue has prompted President Bush to return to Washington during a
vacation—including the tsunami—Bush flew back from his ranch in Texas to
sign it.[1]

Bush, Frist, and DeLay claim that they're acting out of concern for Ms.
Schiavo. But a memo intended only for Republican Senators—uncovered by
ABC News—reveals Republicans' true concern: "...this is a great
political issue...this is a tough issue for Democrats."[2] This story
also takes the heat off Tom DeLay, who is facing a number of serious
ethics charges and legal scandals.[3]

That's why Congress' interference is such an ugly and shameful incident
of political grandstanding. There's no legislative purpose here, just a
blatant attempt to play politics with someone's life.

Sincere conservatives activists are concerned about Congress's
interference in this case. GOP pollster Tony Fabrizi told the L.A.
Times, "It becomes a more crystallized proof point that we are no longer
the party of smaller government. We have become a party of 'It doesn't
matter what size the government is as long as it is imposing our set of
values.'"[4]

David Davenport of the Hoover Institute, a conservative research
organization, stated, "When a case like this has been heard by 19 judges
in six courts and it's been appealed to the Supreme Court three times,
the process has worked even if it hasn't given the result that the
social conservatives want. For Congress to step in really is a violation
of federalism."[5]

Medical ethicists are also outraged at the armchair diagnoses of
Republican doctors in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Bill
Frist. As the Associated Press reported: "It's disturbing that doctors
who would never venture a comment about the health of anybody from a
homemade video are sitting on the floor of Congress making
declarations..."[6]

And reporters are now raising questions about a right-to-die law Bush
signed as Texas governor, contradicting his position in the Schiavo
case. Just last week, the law was applied for the first time, allowing
doctors to remove a critically ill infant from life support against his
mother's wishes. According to the Houston Chronicle, this marks the
first time in American history that courts allowed a pediatric patient
to die against the wishes of their parent.[7] As the Knight Ridder News
service reports:

"The mother down in Texas must be reading the Schiavo case and
scratching her head," said Dr. Howard Brody, the director of Michigan
State University's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life
Sciences. "This does appear to be a contradiction." Brody said that, in
taking up the Schiavo case, Bush and Congress had shattered a body of
bioethics law and practice."[8]

"To have the legislative and executive branches of the federal
government mobilize on a Sunday as fast as if we'd declared war in order
to intervene in a family's medical dispute is, frankly, frightening.
It's an unprecedented intrusion by the highest echelons of federal power
into a private hospital room. It's dangerous. And more than a little
Orwellian" (Augusta Chronicle, 3/22).

Footnotes:

1. Schiavo case exposes political divide in U.S., Reuters AlertNet
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N21351168.htm

2. GOP Talking Points on Terri Schiavo, ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Schiavo/story?id=600937

3. DeLay Under Fire Over Ethics, Associated Press
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=667&id=5254-5096150-0DYMAq7X_4eYJxKP0MmSaw

4. Some in GOP Fear Effort May Alienate Voters, L.A. Times
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=668&id=5254-5096150-0DYMAq7X_4eYJxKP0MmSaw

5. G.O.P. Right Is Splintered on Schiavo Intervention, New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/23/politics/23repubs.html

6. Physicians in Congress criticized, Associated Press
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7263055/

7. Baby dies after hospital removes breathing tube, Houston Chronicle
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=669&id=5254-5096150-0DYMAq7X_4eYJxKP0MmSaw

8. Law Bush signed prompts cries of hypocrisy, Knight Ridder Newspapers
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=670&id=5254-5096150-0DYMAq7X_4eYJxKP0MmSaw
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