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GOV. BUSH HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO
Sat Oct 18 21:17:54 2003
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GOV. BUSH HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO BY DEHYDRATION & STARVATION
http://www.judicialwatch.org/3517.shtml

Judge Ordering Terri Schiavo’s Death Violated Eighth Amendment (“Cruel and Unusual Punishment”) & Florida’s Abuse and Neglect Statutes

Gov. Bush Should Direct Florida’s Dept. of Children and Family Services to Intervene, Resume Nutrition & Investigate

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, stated today that Florida Governor Jeb Bush has the authority to prevent the death by starvation and dehydration of Ms. Terri Schiavo.

Unless rapid action is taken by Governor Bush, Ms. Schiavo will die of dehydration; a slow, grueling death taking approximately two weeks. This form of death entails less blood flow to major organs – the brain, kidneys, heart, lungs and skin. The kidneys stop functioning and the body cannot expel its waste. As Ms. Sciavo grows weaker, her breathing will become more difficult, taking in less oxygen and expelling less carbon dioxide. U.S. law forbids animals to die this way. The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations (9 C.F.R. ' 2.131) specifically prohibits the withholding of food and water from farm animals.

Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge George Greer’s ruling to remove Ms. Schiavo’s feeding tube is the most liberal applications to date of a person’s constitutional right to refuse medical treatment. Judge Greer did what judges in other landmark cases did not do – ordering the end of life in opposition to a majority of the patient’s family members.

“Ms. Schiavo is being subjected to a cruel and inhumane form of torture that violates her fundamental rights and human dignity, under both federal and Florida state law. Governor Bush must immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo, restore her nutrition and initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability. Terri Schiavo’s life is in Jeb Bush’s hands,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

To view a copy of the complaint filed with the Florida Department of Children and Families, click here.

To view a copy of the cover letter sent to Governor Jeb Bush along with the complaint, click here.
http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2003/jw2jebreschiavo.htm

October 17, 2003

BY FEDEX & FAX ( 850-487-0801 / 850-922-2993)

The Honorable Jeb Bush Mr. Jerry Regier

Governor Secretary

State of Florida Florida Department of Children and Families

400 S. Monroe St. 1317 Winewood Blvd.

The Capitol Building 1, Room 202

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

Re: Ms. Terri Schiavo

Dear Governor Bush and Secretary Regier:

Judicial Watch Inc. (“Judicial Watch”) was established in 1994 to serve as an ethical and legal watchdog over our government, legal, and judicial systems to promote a return to ethics and morality in our nation's public life. Judicial Watch operates in the public interest as a non-partisan, non-profit public interest group.

Attached is a copy of a “Fax Transmittal Form to Report Abuse / Abandonment / Neglect / Exploitation” that we filed concerning Ms. Schiavo with the Florida Department of Children and Families at 12:58 PM today on the department’s “Fax Hotline” (800-914-0004).

Based on our formal complaint via the faxed report referenced above, you have the authority and sufficient cause to immediately order the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to intervene on behalf of Ms. Schiavo; to restore her nutrition; and to initiate a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Ms. Schiavo’s disability. These actions are consistent with Ms. Schiavo’s protections under the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution (Art. 2, ' 5), as well as Fla. Stat. ' 825.102 and Fla. Stat. '' 782.04(2)(i), 77.04.

Your immediate attention to this important matter is appreciated.


Sincerely,

JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.

Thomas Fitton
President

Encl.


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