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For the Relief of the Parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo

Location: Washington, DC

FOR THE RELIEF OF THE PARENTS OF THERESA MARIE SCHIAVO -- (House of Representatives - March 20, 2005)


Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Speaker, I am deeply saddened over the pain and suffering of Ms. Schiavo and her family. This is a tragedy of great depth.

I cannot imagine the pain that Ms. Schiavo has endured. As a husband, I certainly can empathize with Mr. Schiavo. As a father, I can empathize with the feelings of Ms. Schiavo's mother and father.

My feelings for the pain of this family are precisely the reason for my position on this bill. In the first instance, tragic choices such as those confronting this family should be made by the family itself. In a case such as this, in which the family cannot come to a consensus, the courts are the proper place for decisions to be made.

The Florida courts have examined this matter in great detail for a very long time. For any legislative body-least of all the Federal legislature-to impose its will is an abuse of its power.

Excruciating decisions such as this belong first to families, and only if there cannot be agreement within a family-in the courts. The political process is the least appropriate place for such a decision to be made.



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