.- Yesterday, on the eve of the scheduled starvation of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, President George Bush issued a formal statement speaking out against the act. The president said that although, âThe case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issuesâ¦ in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life.â
He added that, âThose who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected - and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities.â
Pro-life groups and lawmakers are racing against the clock to beat todayâs 1:00 pm deadline before Schiavoâs feeding tube is scheduled to be removed. Sources say that once it is taken out, it will take between 7 and 10 days to end her life.
Late Wednesday, the House of Representatives managed to pass a bill, which may have blocked the removal of the feeding tube, but Thursday, a narrower bill passed the senate which many doubt will make it to law on time.
Pro-life groups are not giving up the fight however. The National Right to Life issued a statement Thursday urgently calling on constituents to immediately âcontact their Senators and Representative and urge them to do whatever is necessary to resolve the differences between the chambers and get a bill that will save Terri Schiavo to the President's desk before it is too late."