GOV. BUSH HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO
Sat Oct 18 21:17:54 2003
GOV. BUSH HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP DEATH OF TERRI SCHIAVO BY DEHYDRATION & STARVATION
Judge Ordering Terri Schiavos Death Violated Eighth Amendment (Cruel and Unusual Punishment) & Floridas Abuse and Neglect Statutes
Gov. Bush Should Direct Floridas 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 Greers ruling to remove Ms. Schiavos feeding tube is the most liberal applications to date of a persons 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 patients 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. Schiavos disability. Terri Schiavos life is in Jeb Bushs 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.
October 17, 2003
BY FEDEX & FAX ( 850-487-0801 / 850-922-2993)
The Honorable Jeb Bush Mr. Jerry Regier
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 departments 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. Schiavos disability. These actions are consistent with Ms. Schiavos 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.
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
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