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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After an unusual and emotional Sunday night debate, the House passed legislation early Monday morning aimed at prolonging the life of Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube was removed Friday under court order.
The Senate unanimously passed its version of the legislation earlier Sunday.
The bill ordered a federal court to review the case of the Florida woman, who doctors have said is brain-damaged.
Congress has no authority to order the feeding tube re-inserted, but the federal court could choose to do so while it reviews the case.
The lawyer for Terri Schiavo's parents, David Gibbs, said before the bill's passage that Terri could begin receiving food and water again within hours after it is signed by the president.
The family hoped to file a lawsuit in federal court in Tampa on Monday, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., Gibbs said.
"We've heard that the judges will be willing and ready to move expeditiously," he said.
Bush left his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and arrived in Washington on Sunday afternoon so he could quickly sign any legislation passed. House Democrats temporarily blocked a GOP-led effort earlier in the day to pass such legislation unanimously, forcing the House to wait until Monday for a vote.
House leaders reconvened the chamber about 9 p.m., with three hours of debate scheduled. The 203-58 vote ended about 12:45 a.m.
For a vote to take place, 218 of the 435 House members were required to be present. Though many members of Congress had left town for Easter, 261 ended up casting votes on the measure.
The chamber was nearly empty as the debate got under way, with only about six to eight members from each party present, plus staff members. The bill needs a two-thirds majority of those present to pass. The visitors' gallery also was less than full.
President Bush signed emergency legislation sent to him by Congress early Monday to allow Terri Schiavo's parents ask a federal judge to prolong their daughter's life, capping days of emotional debate over who should decide life and death.My sentiments exactly, Mr President.
"In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life," Bush said in a statement after signing the bill.
More than 31 years after being brutally raped by a Bombay hospital sweeper, nurse Aruna Shanbaug remains in a state of semi-coma, her bones twisted and fingers clawing into her palms.
Shanbaug periodically screams then flies into fits of uncontrollable laughter before sinking into muddled weeping. Her head lolls on her pillow. Her cropped hair is now white. Her limbs are forever flexed. She’s blind and her teeth jut out, most of them rotting.
Shanbaug turns 57 this year, still glued to a bed in King Edward Memorial hospital in the heart of Bombay, India’s western economic hub.
The attack took place before the first International Women’s Day 30 years ago, but the lessons of her tragic case and decades of struggle appear to have done little to improve the plight of women in India.
According to police figures, a woman is raped every hour in India, although women’s rights groups claim the crime is vastly under-reported because of the stigma Indian society attaches to rape.
British charity group Oxfam estimates that every six hours a married women is either burnt or beaten to death or forced to commit suicide in India.
Rohini Patkar of Jagori, a women’s non-governmental organisation which has been working for 20 years highlighting violence against women, says the crime rate against women is increasing.
“On the other hand, the issues are also being highlighted. It is a challenge but there is also a greater recognition of violence against women," she said.
DRUDGE RADIO to present audio of Terri Schiavo responding to her father on Friday, immediately following the removal of her feeding tube.... Check local listings...A goblet full of wine to Marine Momma for alerting us...
Iran Feminists Tribune : June 2003, " Seyed Mohammad Mim. " a 16 years old , grade second technical high school student , homed in Shiraz , a night before the exam quarrelled with another boy, 21 years old who lived as neighbours , both of them armed with knife, both wounded but the 21 years old died as a result of the stab wound and Mohammad instead of school went to " Adel Abad " prison.
Mohammad's family is trying to speak to the victimes family to forgive their boy . Islamic judiciary law " Ghesas ( eye for an eye ) " is going to apply on this case too. The boys mother says: " It's almost 2 years that I see the victim's family to ask them to forgive my boy , I was beaten, I was insulted , I told them instead of my son you kill me.....they didn't accept." Now Mohammad is 18 years old and is in "Adel Abad prison" in the city of Shiraz.
They have been told that the sentence will be carried out after the new years holidays ( New years holiday starts on March 20 and ends 13 days later). He is now being kept with adult prisoners.
According to the article 37 of the convention on child's rights which Iran also is a signatories , Execution of individuals with less than 18 years is banned but the regime by ignoring this article still executing childeren under 18 years of age. We have to help this boy otherwise the regime as usual will carry the " Ghesas" .
LET ME SEE IF I UNDERSTAND THE STATE OF THE LAW IN FLORIDA TODAY.
In Pinellas Park, Florida , there's a man that has gotten the entire legal establishment of the state to help him starve his wife to death, and has arranged for the police to arrest anyone that's trying to bring her food or water. This man is running around free and getting a lot of attention. He has a judge working hard day and night to make sure that his wife will die.
In Homosassa, Florida a man named John Evander Couey, has confessed to abducting and killing a nine year old girl. He is in jail and under suicide watch to make sure he does not die.
In Collier, Florida, Michael Lee Swails, has been put in jail charged with starving his cattle herd.
In Florida today, I score it:
Wives get to die because their husband says so.
Child killers get extra attention so they can't just kill themselves.
Men who starve cattle go to jail.
I'm just not getting this. I'm not getting it at all.
Attorney Gibbs came out and said that he filed the required briefs with the federal court and they will be poised and ready to reinsert the feeding tube right away as the law is passed early in the morning. The House of Reps will meet at midnight and are expected to have about 40 mins of debate before the vote, Bush will be ready to sign, and then they can put the tube in!!!
Cheryl Ford, RN, a nurse from Tampa who has been very active in the efforts to save Terri's life, recently undertook, on behalf of the Schindlers, a review of medical records from when Terri was first admitted to Woodside Hospice. Woodside Hospice is run by Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. It is of interest to note that Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, was a member of the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast until the Terri Schiavo case began to attract widespread public attention a few years ago.
In her research, Ms. Ford found a document titled "Exit Protocol" in Terri's file. The document is on Hospice of the Florida Suncoast "Patient Care Notes" stationery, and is dated April 19, 2001. This document lays out, in clinical detail, the procedures to be followed in bringing about Terri's death by starvation and dehydration.
Michael Schiavo: NO VISITORS PERIOD!UPDATE: Someone overruled the slimy scumbag, per Blogs for Terri:
- FROM: CHERYL FORD RN
We have "JUST RECEIVED WORD FROM HOSPICE THAT MICHAEL SCHIAVO HAS JUST SUSPENDED VISITATION FROM ALL VISITORS, INCLUDING THE SCHINDLERS FROM BEING WITH THEIR DAUGHTER TERRI IN HER FINAL HOURS.
MICHAEL SCHIAVO WILL BE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT BECAUSE THERE IS A COURT ORDER STATING THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER WITH UNINTERUPTED VISITS.
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHY HE HAS DONE THIS OTHER THEN TO CAUSE MORE PAIN AND SUFFERING TO THE SCHINDLERS."
PLEASE WATCH YOUR NEWS AND EMAIL FOR FURTHER UPDATES.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay pledged Friday to hold Florida state judge George Greer in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for Terri Schiavo's testimony, saying, "No little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress."
"The Congress will pursue this, if we have to hold him in contempt of Congress," DeLay told radio host Sean Hannity.
Pressed on whether he intended to hold Judge Greer in contempt, the top Republican told Hannity: "Absolutely, absolutely."
"We will do everything to enforce the power and authority of the Congress and no little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress," he added.
Earlier in the day Judge Greer rebuffed the Schiavo subpoena, telling attorneys in the case, "I have had no cogent reason why the [congressional] committee should intervene." He claimed that the last-minute action on the part of Congress does not nullify years of legal proceedings.
But DeLay told Hannity, "This judge and the Supreme Court of Florida are well known to be liberal judges that have a different worldview and they're imposing their worldview on the law."
The top House leader said that "no sane person" could look at Schiavo and say she's in a persistent vegetative state.
DeLay called a lawyer for Michael Schiavo, who has pressed for years to have his wife starved to death, "the personification of evil."
Ridiculous legal reasoning and demonstrated ignorance of facts is the reason Congress had to intervene in the Schiavo case. Consider this.
2003 opinion of the Second District Court of the State of Florida;Over the span of this last decade, Theresa's brain has deteriorated because of the lack of oxygen it suffered at the time of the heart attack. By mid 1996, the CAT scans of her brain showed a severely abnormal structure. At this point, much of her cerebral cortex is simply gone and has been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid. Medicine cannot cure this condition. Unless an act of God, a true miracle, were to recreate her brain, Theresa will always remain in an unconscious, reflexive state, totally dependent upon others to feed her and care for her most private needs (emphasis added).
The medical evidence is that Terri did not have a heart attack. Her enzymes were not elevated as they would have been in that event.
CAT Scans may have shown an abnormal brain structure but they did not show that "much of her cerebral cortex is simply gone and has been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid." That is because CT scans are very limited when it comes to imaging the cerebellum.
And what about this?"Also, she clearly does not consistently respond to her mother."
What are we to make of this statement? That she does respond, albeit inconsistently? Their Honors need a refresher course in logic and clear thinking because it is plain that if she responds to her mother at any time then she is clearly not in a permanent vegetative state.The court finds that based on the credible evidence, cognitive function would manifest itself in a constant response to stimuli.
How wrong and how dangerous is this reasoning? There is absolutely nothing to suggest that cognitive function would manifest in a constant response to stimuli. There could be all kinds of medical reasons why response is not constant. I've already discussed Locked In Syndrome in a previous post.
Based on their reasoning in this case the judges of the Second District Court have no reason to be judges.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress on Sunday put off action on a bill aimed at prolonging the life of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, in the face of anticipated objections from at least one Democrat that could temporarily stall the measure.Terri is going to starve and be thirsty for, let's see...from 2pm till midnight is ten more hours...meanwhile Wexler and Blumenauer will probably have at least two meals, some snacks, and probably several drinks.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, convened the House in rare Sunday session, but immediately recessed it until further notice.
Robert Wexler and Earl Blumenauer are human scum, but don't let on your opinion of them on the phone.
According to a trusted source, Terri developed a high fever last night, most likely due to infection caused by improper removal of the feeding tube... she is groggy and unresponsive, and may not make it much longer.
So PLEASE GET THIS OUT ASAP...DIRECT CONGRESSIONAL REQUEST!!!!
Please if you have a fax machine take a moment and contact by fax the offices of Congressman Robert Wexler: 19th District of Florida - FAX 202 225-5974
and Earl Blumenauer - FAX 202 225-8941, Email here
Their voice mails are already full! These two are going to oppose the legislation today that will save Terri Schiavo. Please stress the following: (copy and paste if needed or write your own message)
This is NOT about interfering in states' rights. It is the job of the Federal Government to ensure that State Law is followed and that Terri Schiavo and others like her receive their right of due process, which to this point, has been denied. The federal amendment will ensure that Terri and other disabled people like her will receive a review of the procedures followed by state courts - a right everyone is entitled to, especially in matters of life and death.
Please stand up for the life of those who are unable to speak for themselves and pass the Incapacitated Persons' Legal Protection Act without delay. To allow Terri to die based on the hearsay testimony of a husband who has abandoned her, a lawyer who is a euthanasia advocate - and a judge who has allowed both state and federal law to be broken would be a gross travesty of justice. Judicial tyranny in this country
Has Terri Schiavo already died? Are we wasting our time trying to save the life of a person who is not living?In the comments, in response to her reader Maggie's question about the death-dealing Cranford, Katrina says:
Is Terri truly in a Persistent Vegetative State? Is PVS even a true medical condition?
The term Persistent Vegetative State was coined by Jennett and Plum in 1972 to describe the behaviour of people who have profound cortical brain damage.
According to those who believe in PVS (I do not) it is a state in which “all components of mental life are gone, including self-awareness, thought, emotion, feeling and sensation."
People said to be in PVS tend to breathe spontaneously, have a regular heartbeat, digest and process nutrition, and go through sleep/wake cycles. They are said to have a grasp reflex, yawn and chew, and may swallow spontaneously. Their eyes are open and may wander, but without following people or objects in the room in a consistent, meaningful, and purposeful fashion. The patient may also turn in the direction of loud noises and talking.
Hmmm, well here we are being asked to believe that a person with no feeling or sensation may turn in the direction of loud noises and talking. How contradictory is that?
I can already hear howls of protest from the medical defenders of PVS along the lines of "how dare this ignoramus from outback Australia question a commonly accepted medical condition."
Well, excuse me, but......
We're also asked to believe that the person may emerge from sleep to wakefulness yet have no awareness. So they are awake but not aware? It may be a clever play on words but it is a contradiction in terms. If PVS is a genuine phenomenon, then, for the patient there is no difference between being asleep and being awake. It is therefore pointless to speak in terms of sleep/wake cycles.
PVS sounds suspiciously like a condition which has been medically defined with the sole intention of ridding society of inconvenient people. It's a very subjective condition, to say the least. I mean who decides whether or not a patient is reacting in a consistent, meaningful, and purposeful fashion?
The talk of sleep/wake cycles gives a whole new meaning to our understanding of being awake. In lay terms to be asleep is to be unconscious and consequently to be awake is to be conscious.
Ronald Cranford, the so-called expert who testified on behalf of Michael Schiavo states that people in a persistent vegetative state do not experience pain, suffering, or cognition. Cranford is obviously a functionalist who follows the argument that a PVS patient is already dead since all of what makes him or her a “person" is no longer extant.
If all this was so we could dispense with the niceties of starvng Terri Schiavo to death and allow Michael Schiavo and George Felos send her off to the crematorium right now.
But, who among us would be prepared to do that? Where are the Nazis when they're needed?
Terri Schiavo is not dead. She is not a mere shell. She has been sentenced to death because a judge has ruled that her life is devoid of any meaning.
In that assessment he is wrong. He does not know what life means personally to Terri, but he does know what it means for her family and the countless number of people who support her right to go on living.
To my mind PVS is not a diagnosis. It is a prognostic judgment which might be helpful in assessing a patient's long term prospects.
No one, not Ronald Cranford, Judge George Greer, Michael Schiavo, George Felos nor anyone else can predict with certainty who among patients claimed to be in this alleged condition will recover to any degree and who will not.
Response: Yes, Cranford spent 45 minutes and his opinion was accepted by Greer. Hammesfahr spent 12 hours but his opinion doesn't count.
Loaded dice. Felos is the dealer, Greer is the card sharp and Michael Schiavo is the gunslinger.
Posted by: Katrina | 19/03/2005
It is about time the medical profession discarded the concept of a Persistent Vegetative State as a meaningless hypothesis.
Certainly, for many people the concept of PVS has great appeal for both economic and social reasons. The world according to them can do without people who are unable to respond in a meaningful, purposeful way and are unable to do anything for themselves.
But, medicine is not about economics and usefulness. At least we hope not. It's supposed to be about the welfare of human beings.
As far as the Schiavo case is concerned it would seem that Judge George Greer has learned little about the history of PVS, even in law. I wonder if he is aware of the Gannon v. Albany Memorial Hospital case?
This case concerned an 86 year old woman, Carrie Coombs, who suffered a massive stroke. She became completely unresponsive, was unable to eat or drink and had to be fed by a gastronomy tube.
Doctors agreed that she was in a PVS. After hearing evidence from her sister that she would not want to be kept alive in such a condition the court permitted withdrawal of the gastronomy tube.
It noted that PVS was an irreversible condition and that PVS patients were incapable of consciously experiencing or appreciating life.
Before the court's decision could be implemented, however, Mrs Coombs woke up and started speaking and eating.
Just how many Mrs Coombs' are in the U.S. today is not easy to establish. However, one estimate by a national taskforce suggested that between 10,000 and 25,000 people were in a PVS.
Given that the most credible study of PVS found that 37 per cent of people were incorrectly diagnosed that would leave between 3,700 and 9,250 in extreme danger of having their nutrition and hydration removed on the basis of an error.
The figure of a 37 per cent error in diagnosis is horrific. It's proof that the hypothesis of PVS is fatally flawed. It's no more a medical condition than The Vapours, an apparent condition, which as we all know, resolved spontaneously with the removal of a corset.
In five Afghan provinces, at least 90 percent of school-age girls are not attending school. “These are the provinces in the south and on the border with Pakistan, where it is still a tradition among families to keep their daughters from school," Aasen said.
Nader, a young man who has moved from the southern province of Kandahar to the capital Kabul, told IRIN that education of girls in the south was still a major problem.
“Girls are only allowed to go to mosques between five and eight years old to learn the holy book of Qoran. When they turn nine [the age they are considered to be approaching puberty] they are not allowed to go out of their houses as parents believe that they should not be seen by other men, meaning that they cannot go to school either," he explained. “The most difficult situation is in the province of Oruzgan, where the former leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, was from."
UNICEF acknowledged changing attitudes would be a tall order. “It will probably take some time to change this. But we believe when the message comes from the highest levels in the government, as well as from many families who have had a good experience with educating their daughters, we will be on the right track for change," Aasen said.
“Using the core messages that an educated girl is a source of pride for an Afghan family, the campaign strategy will focus on key people of influence in the community, including religious leaders, teachers, community elders and parents," Edward Carwardine, a spokesman for UNICEF Afghanistan, said.
Shugofa Sahar, a 12-year-old student at the Aysha-e-Durani High School for Girls, one of two high schools for girls in Kabul, told IRIN that according to Islam it was necessary for both girls and boys to go to school and study. “All the girls and boys from Afghanistan should go to school in order to rebuild and develop our country," she said.
A range of printed materials and radio and television ads were expected to start to filter out across the country from Saturday, accompanied by UNICEF-supported training sessions for key groups from communities, NGOs and government agencies.
“UNICEF this year will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the minister himself has committed to use the mosques and 75,000 religious leaders working with him to get the message out to the Afghan people that girls are welcome in school and families should feel comfortable in educating their daughters," Aasen maintained.
But there are signs of change. Mohammad, 33, a driver in Kabul, told IRIN that most of the girls in his village not far from the capital could not go to school several years ago as there were no education facilities in the district. “But there has now been a school in the village for a couple of years and most of the girls go there, including my two school-age daughters," he said, adding that the majority of parents in his village were positive about the idea of having girls educated.
“Our country had been at war for more than 20 years and there was no education, people’s minds became greatly affected by the years of war. In order to change this, people need education," he maintained.
AFGHANISTAN: New campaign to encourage girls into school - OCHA IRIN