Battle To Save Terri Schiavo Shifts To Washington

Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube is set to be removed at 1:00 pm, barring last minute reprieves.

President Bush comments on Terri Schiavo, “The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues, yet in instances 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. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern.”

Update (12:15pm): U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) today released the following statement, which in theory provides that last minute reprieve:

The Senate and the House remain dedicated to saving Terri Schiavo’s life. While discussions over possible legislative remedies continue, the Senate and the House are taking action to keep her alive in the interim.

HELP Committee Chairman Mike Enzi has requested the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Schiavo at an official committee hearing. He has sent a letter to the Schiavos to appear at a hearing on Monday, March 28, 2005 regarding “Health Care Provided to Non-ambulatory Persons.” The purpose of the hearing is to review health care policies and practices relevant to the care of non-ambulatory persons such as Mrs. Schiavo.

Federal criminal law protects witnesses called before official Congressional committee proceedings from anyone who may obstruct or impede a witness’ attendance or testimony. More specifically, the law protects a witness from anyone who — by threats, force, or by any threatening letter or communication – influences, obstructs, or impedes an inquiry or investigation by Congress. Anyone who violates this law is subject to criminal fines and imprisonment.There’s no indication that the removal of the feeding tube has been delayed in response…

Update 2(2:10pm): Judge Halts Removal of Feeding Tube After Congress Intervenes

MIAMI, March 18 -A Florida judge has delayed an order to remove the feeding tube from a brain-damaged Florida woman at 1 p.m. today after Washington lawmakers intervened by issuing subpoenas for the woman and her husband to appear at Congressional hearings later this month.

Update 3: (3:07pm): The original judge smacked down the judge in Update 2…

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) – The presiding judge in the case of Terri Schiavo ruled Friday that the feeding tube keeping the brain-damaged woman alive must be removed, despite efforts by congressional Republicans to block the move by seeking her appearance at hearings.

Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer refused a request from U.S. House attorneys to delay the removal, which he had previously ordered to take place at 1 p.m. EST. Greer determined that it should go forward about an hour after another judge issued a temporary delay blocking the tube’s removal.

The tube is coming out today…

Update 4(3:52pm) Terri Schiavo’s Feeding Tube Removed Fox News

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