3/21/2005 Actual Document of Republican's "Schiavo Talking Points"
A source on Capitol Hill has leaked the print version of the Republicans’ “talking points” on the Florida woman who Congress is attempting to keep alive to Raw Story late Monday afternoon. The document appears below, followed by the print version of the talking points.
The document was not printed on any letterhead nor attributed to any specific Republican office, and has been rebuked by Republicans on the Hill despite its apparent authenticity:
S. 529., The Incapacitated Person’s Legal Protection Act
Terri Schiavo is subject to an order that her feeding tubes will be disconnected on March 18, 2005 at 1p.m.
The Senate needs to act this week before the Budget Act is pending business, or Teri’s family will not have a remedy in federal court.
This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue.
This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida - has already refused to become a cosponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats.
The bill is very limited and defines custody as “those parties authorized or directed by a court order to withdraw or withhold food, fluids, or medical treatment.”
There is an exemption for proceeding “which no party disputes, and the court finds, that the incapacitated person while having capacity, had executed a written advance directive valid under applicably law that clearly authorized the withholding or withdrawal of food or fluids or medical treatment in the applicable circumstances.”
Incapacitated persons are defined as those “presently incapable of making relevant decisions concerning the provision, withholding or withdrawal of food fluids or medical treatment under applicable state law.”
This legislation ensures that individuals like Teri Schiavo are guaranteed the same legal protections as convicted murderers like Ted Bundy.
Source: The Raw Story