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Save Terri Schiavo

Location: Washington, DC

SAVE TERRI SCHIAVO -- (House of Representatives - March 10, 2005)

(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, we live in an age where some take life for granted. Today, some would stand by and let Terri Schiavo starve to death. They do not believe her life is worth saving. But listen to a quote from her attorney who visited with her.

"When her mother was close to her, Terri's whole face lit up. She smiled. She looked directly at her mother and made all sorts of happy sounds. When her mother talked to her, Terri was quiet and obviously listening. When she stopped, Terri started vocalizing. The vocalizations seemed to be a pattern, not merely random or reflexive at all. There is definitely a pattern of Terri having a conversation with her mother as best she can manage."

Terri Schiavo is alive. She responds to people. She breathes on her own. Her heart beats on its own. All she needs is a feeding tube.

If we allow a judge to order her to die, what are we saying about life? Those with disabilities, even severe disabilities, have a right to life, just like everyone else in this Chamber.

We need to save Terri Schiavo and pass legislation immediately to save her life.

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