Skip to comments.Statement by Governor Jeb Bush regarding the death of Terri Schiavo
Posted on 03/31/2005 7:05:48 PM PST by wagglebee
After an extraordinarily difficult and tragic journey, Terri Schiavo is at rest. Columba and I offer our condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Schindler, Bobby Schindler, Suzanne Vitadamo and to all those who offered their prayers and support to Terris family over these past weeks, months and years. These prayers were not in vain.
Many across our state and around the world are deeply grieved by the way Terri died. I feel that grief very sharply as well. I remain convinced, however, that Terris death is a window through which we can see the many issues left unresolved in our families and in our society. For that, we can be thankful for all that the life of Terri Schiavo has taught us.
I still firmly believe that human life is a gift and a mystery, and that its mystery is most evident at its beginning and ending. May all of us whose hearts were moved during the life of Terri Schiavo grow in wisdom at its ending.
That's all folks!
or any of the schiavos
He had to hold his nose and choose to follow the "law".
Thank you Jeb Bush for doing what you could to stand up for the life of an innocent woman with a beautiful smile when so many others couldn't wait for her demise.
OK, Governor, let me bring something else to your attention. While you were wrapped up with the Schiavo issue a nine year old girl was abducted by a man that your penal system paroled. He was a registered sex offender but that didn't stop your justice system from losing track of him. He kidnapped the girl, held her for a couple of days, and murdered her just a few hundred yards from her own bedroom. So my question is what do you have to say to Jessica's family and now that Terri Schiavo has been laid to rest do you suppose you can spare the time to come up with some fixes for your broken down justice system that might help prevent this from happening again? Please?
I love how some of you just throw the Bush's overboard. The best legal minds in the world said he was powerless, period end of story.. Im more likely to believe a world class legal mind then pissed off people at freerepublic. If Jeb could do it, he would have.
Go back and do some research on the basic legal premise of Michael Schiavo's case -- that under Florida law a feeding tube is considered an "extraordinary form of medical treatment" that does not have to be maintained for all patients. Most people are shocked to learn that Jeb Bush himself is the one who signed this statute into law.
Right now the tide is massively out under his boat, by his own inaction. A very brave heart lies dead.
See #10. Anyone who thinks Jeb Bush was just a helpless bystander in this case is delusional.
Statement of Pontius Pilate, AD 30--
After an extraordinarily difficult and tragic journey, Jesus of Nazareth is at rest. Columba and I offer our condolences to his mother, and to all those who offered their prayers and support to his family over these past weeks, months and years.
Many across our state and around the world are deeply grieved by the way Jesus died. I feel that grief very sharply as well. I remain convinced, however, that Jesus' death is a window through which we can see the many issues left unresolved in our families and in our society. For that, we can be thankful for all that the life of Jesus of Nazareth has taught us.
I still firmly believe that human life is a gift and a mystery, and that its mystery is most evident at its beginning and ending. May all of us whose hearts were moved during the life of Jesus of Nazareth grow in wisdom at its ending.
--- Pope John Paul II
Ouch! That bites.
She wasn't even allowed food or drink by mouth and he stood by and allowed this to happen. Not an honorable man in my book.
Or a man now realizing his horrible mistake.
Possibly Jeb Bush will take this opportunity to persue a line of business more fitting with his personality. I'd suggest he'd make a fine military officer for the country of France.
"...that under Florida law a feeding tube is considered an "extraordinary form of medical treatment"..."
I think the legal term that is used if 'artificial' not 'extraordinary'.
Ping. Was he aware what it would lead to?
Top Neurologist's Report in Terri Released: Newsmax.com
"Spinal Exam: The patient's exam from a spinal perspective is abnormal. The degree of limitation of range of motion, and of spasms in her neck, is consistent with a neck injury. The abnormal sensory exam, that shows evidence of her hypoxic encephalopathic strokes (right side sensory responses are different from left) also suggests a spinal cord injury at around the level of C4. Her physical exam and videotapes also suggest a spinal cord injury is also present, as she has much better control over he face, head, and neck, than over her arms and legs. This reminds one of a person with a spinal cord injury who has good facial control, but poor use of arms and legs. It is possible that a correctable spinal abnormality such as a herniated disk may be found that could be treated and result in better neurological functioning. This should be looked for, as may be treatable. Thus, there may be an injured disk or spinal cord; the disk injury is more treatable, the spinal cord injury, if present without a disk injury, may be more difficult to treat. A person with a spinal cord injury and hypoxic encephalopathy will need different treatment and rehab recommendations than one who just has a hypoxic encephalopathic.
Interestingly, I have seen this pattern of mixed brain (cerebral) and spinal cord findings in a patient once before, a patient who was asphyxiated."
TERRI SUFFERED A SPINAL INJURY. WE WANT TO KNOW HOW!
Thanks for the smile. Our hearts are heavy.
I'm no legal scholar, so I don't know what all he could have done at the point at which Terri was being put to death. But if he's responsible for signing into law the piece of legislation which led to her death, how can he reconcile his words with his deeds? And pardon me, but the italicized text is BoBo speak, if you ask me.
I don't really care what the exact term in the statute is. Under Florida law, an "artificial" form of medical treatment can be terminated even if it causes the death of the patient.
Borders on "Soylent Green".
I agree with you. Most sane people would not define artificial as food and water. This was obviously done to fit an agenda.
Where have you been? That's been the law in many states since the Nancy Cruzan and Karen Quinlan cases.
Are records of Terri's first episode on-line? I want to see the results of any blood work and treatments administered.
Terri wasn't Jesus,Jeb isn't Pilate, and writing such garbage helps nobody!
There is no rational explanation for why Jeb telegraphed the possibility of taking custody of Terri except that he hoped the judge would prevent him.
Realize starvation and dehydration probably goes on all the time and the only reason Terri came to light was the rift between families.
The Nancy Cruzan case wasn't a state law -- it was a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the "Men in Black Robes" overturned a Missouri law that prohibited the removal of a feeding tube.
I live in FL and voted for this numbnutz
He should have just done it and not asked permission; governors need make it clear that they have executive authority, not the judiciary.
Sorry, I can't help you. Try backhoe and diogenesis, both have heaps of links and info.
"Interestingly, I have seen this pattern of mixed brain (cerebral) and spinal cord findings in a patient once before, a patient who was asphyxiated." "
If the autopsy shows a fractured hyoid bone then MS will be in the hot seat. The implication is Terri suffered asphyxia at the hands of MS
What gets me is that MS took Terri to California for some kind of "brain implant" and they didn't do a full set of head x-rays?
His team had to have been looking at the statute for a while. He should've acted on the statute cited by his attorney in that press conference the minute his brother signed the article three legislation. Jeb not only failed Terri, he failed the executive branch and damaged it in his inaction.
We are the frogs and I'm ashamed.
It seems we're only interested in "if you don't agree with the law, change it" when it's the opposition doing the violating. If we allow our emotions to override the rule of law, we're no better than they are, and I find that sickening. The very ones who want conservative judges who will uphold the constitution appear to be the ones who wanted the administration and the judges to violate the law in this mess.
I don't like that Terri Shiavo had to die. I am of the opinion that Michael Schiavo, at a minimum, contributed to her initial condition which put her in the state she was in. I think it's a shame that there appears to be no way to go after him.
I think the reason the Dems are so successful is that they don't eat their own like the conservatives do.
When did I say any of that? I said many state laws began after those. I'm well aware of the decisions and their repercussions. And why is a respirator more of an artifical life support than say a feeding tube?
I read all of the relevant portions of the Florida Constitution last weekend, I am absolutely convinced that he had all the authority he needed to save her life.
Agreed that's the law ... but Terri could swallow and previously took jell-o by mouth, so tell me why JUDGENFUHRER GREER, HONORABLE NAZI, refused to let her be fed by mouth? Refused ice chips? I hope JUDGENFUHRER GREER is not long for this world ...