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Sapphire Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 07:01 PM
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3. SB686, the Terri Schiavo Act, was passed by the 3 lone Republican Senators
Edited on Sat Mar-26-05 07:10 PM by Sapphire Blue
... who were present for the unanimous vote - Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-TN ; Senator John Warner, R-VA ; and Senator Mel Martinez, R-FL.

Sen. Harkin, along with 96 other Senators, was not present and did not vote on this bill.

Its my understanding that Sen. Harkin is concerned with the rights of the patient, and ensuring that those rights are protected.

In the case of a non-communicative & incapacitated patient, it is vital that those rights are protected... otherwise humanity is sacrificed. The right to die is an individual choice, not a mandate.

More on Sen Harkin, from The Hawk Eye, March 22, 2005...

"I have long been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities," Harkin wrote. "Many in that community are keenly aware of the risk of incapacitation. In such cases, I believe that every precaution should be taken to learn and respect their desires regarding the removal of life supports."


Harkin has been working with other federal lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle since last week to come up with legislation that would allow federal review of the Schiavo case. A bipartisan measure was drafted but no action was taken before both houses recessed for two weeks.

Instead, lawmakers scrambled to gather for a special session Sunday night into Monday to take action on Schiavo's case. After it was approved and signed by President George W. Bush, a federal hearing was held. No decision has been made as of press time.

Harkin said he will be working on additional legislation in the future to address situations like Schiavo's and not just be case specific.

"I would have preferred to address the underlying issue and not just this case," Harkin wrote. "I plan to continue to work with my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to give cases like this an opportunity for further review in federal courts."

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