by Scott OttGOP Memo: Schiavo Was Recruited to Win Pro-Life VoteFri Apr 1, 2005 01:19188.8.131.52
The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act of 2005
... and may be cited as �The Incapacitated Person�s Legal Protection Act of 2005.�
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GOP Memo: Schiavo Was Recruited to Win Pro-Life Vote
by Scott Ott
(2005-03-24) -- A secret unsigned talking points memo circulated to all Republican Senators and leaked to The Washington Post reveals that the GOP recruited Terri Schiavo to become "a poster child for our Christian conservative right-wing pro-life base so we can sweep Congressional elections in 2006."
Although Post reporter Mike Allen obtained the memo (below) from an "unimpeachable" source, he denies that source was former President Bill Clinton, who survived an impeachment attempt.
An excerpt from the memo reveals that Terri Schiavo is a "blood red Republican so committed to the cause that she's willing to give her own life to boost the political fortunes of the party. That's why we recruited her for this important work."
Despite the fact that the memo is unsigned, and appears on plain white paper, Mr. Allen says "there's no chance that it was forged in a fashion reminiscent of Dan Rather's Bush National Guard memo."
The anonymous Republican author of the memo exhorts all of his colleagues -- from conservative Rick Santorum, R-PA, to liberal Olympia Snowe, R-ME -- to "ride the tide of Schiavo sympathy to a pro-life victory in '06."
"America is hungry for leadership on the life issue," according to the unnamed Republican author. "The little people thirst for leaders who will take a stand. You need to feed these red-meat talking points to the media in your state and milk this for everything it's worth."
The memo concludes with an ominous warning that "if Terri Schiavo is starved to death, pro-life Christian conservatives will blame Republicans and will probably vote Democrat next time."
GOP Talking Points on Terri Schiavo
Memo, Obtained by ABC News, Was Circulated Among Senate Republicans
March 21, 2005 � The following memo listing talking points on the Terri Schiavo case was circulated among Republican senators on the floor of the Senate.
This is an exact, full copy of the document obtained exclusively by ABC News and first reported Friday, March 18, 2005, by Linda Douglass on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings."
S. 529, The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act
Teri (sic) 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 Terri'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 a 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 or (sic) withdrawl (sic) of food and 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 withdrawl (sic) of food fluids or medical treatment under applicable state law."
This legislation ensures that individuals like Terri Schiavo are guaranteed the same legal protections as convicted murderers like Ted Bundy.
The Raw Story | A rational voice � Sen. Lautenberg calls for ...
... of a Guardian Ad Litem in the matter of Theresa Marie Schiavo, Incapacitated.
... I said on another Raw Story comment, just because it says �S529″, ...
US Congressman Dave Weldon, MD : 15th District Of Florida
... WELDON INTRODUCES THE �INCAPACITATED PERSONS LEGAL PROTECTION ACT� HR 1151
Would Clarify Lifesaving �Habeas Corpus� Due Process Rights For Incapacitated ...
Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act of 2005
... SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Incapacitated Persons
Legal Protection Act of 2005'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. ...
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