Dear Friends of Terri, MARCH 29, 2005 - DAY 12Tue Mar 29, 2005 19:3126.96.36.199
MARCH 29, 2005 - DAY 12
Dear Friends of Terri,
There aren't many words I can say at this moment with regard to what is happening to Terri, other than she is now on day 12 without food and water, and is slowly dying as the life is literally being sucked out of her. While Michael Schiavo fills his face with food and water, and Laura Bush flies to have lunch with the Afghanistan women, ....Terri lays weak, looking toward her parents and siblings for relief of the pains associated with hunger and dehydration. She is still fighting for her life.
How interesting! Michael stated Terri did not wish to live, yet she continues to fight back and has more of a will to live without food and water, than many of us who are nourished and hydrated.
I remain appalled at the media for reporting there are more people in this country who are willing to say, our President is better off to fight for the lives in foreign lands than to involve himself in saving a life here in America! This I find, is yet, another insult to the American people and to the many millions of veterans who lost their lives fighting for freedom and preservation of human life.
For the past two years, I have been involved day and night helping the Schindlers fight for their daughters life. I have come to know and love them like my own family. They are a family who possess a bond of love, unity, devotion, caring, values, morals, and religious beliefs that we all struggle to maintain in our modern day world. I continue to sit and wonder; how does the ideal family end up in such a situation as this? They have struggled for 14 years to obtain help saving their daughters life. Sadly, in spite of their daughter being locked away as a hostage in one room for five years, they were not able to gain national attention from the news media until it came time for their daughter to be starved and dehydrated. Does this say something about our news media or what is happening to America? What is wrong with this entire picture? What does it mean when we as a society close our eyes to the important news topics, which assure us of our own survival and existence?
Michael Schiavo is not only torturing this loving family by forcing them to watch their daughter in this situation (knowing they can turn her around by providing her with nutrition and fluids,) he is now blasting all over the news the word "autopsy"; a word which associates itself with images of their daughter they should not be forced to digest before necessary. How callous and cruel! Schiavo does not even have the compassion in his heart to wait until she is dead before discussing such a topic. A topic he clearly is addressing at this time, only to vindicate himself of any wrong doings! Another clear demonstration regarding how all of this has nothing to do with Terri, but how it's all about Michael, and what Michael wants and needs!
Does Schiavo think he can insult those of us who are aware of the fact he will most likely pay the Pinellas County Medical Examiner to do Terri's autopsy? How convenient of him to announce that he is doing this to prove to the people that she has no brain function.
It appears Terri's supporters will now be forced to prove some more documentation and corruption involving her autopsy.
I am not certain which avenues we as Terri's supporters need to take in order to force the courts to have an unbiased autopsy performed from someone not associated with this case, and who isn't from the corrupt state of Florida. I do know, that if we are forced to deal with this topic before it is absolutely necessary, than we must act now and help to ensure that the Schindlers are permitted to hire their own Medical Examiner, or, have an examiner of their choice in the room as well.
In addition, be advised, Michael is insisting Terri be cremated and not buried. To add even more insult to injury, he will send her ashes out of Florida to be taken miles away from her loving family. This will prevent them from being able to visit her and grieve at her gravesite. A healing process surely Terri's family will need.
Michael resides in Florida. How many loving husbands do you know, starve their wives to death and then have their ashes shipped miles away so their family cannot pay respects to their gravesite? I guess he would answer by saying, these were Terri's wishes as well.
I have nothing more to say at this time.
Cheryl Ford RN
CURRENT EMAILS & INFO CONCERNING TERRI SCHIAVO
Lakeland, Fl. resident, Gordon Watts, who filed a
petition for writ of habeas corpus with Florida’s high court on behalf
of Schiavo in late November of 2003, shortly after Schiavo’s feeding
tube was removed and re-inserted, has struggled against powerful
interests who have attempted to discredit and dismiss his involvement in
this high-profile case. Watts also has experience in the U.S. Supreme
Court, which is expected to hear his racial profiling case today, and
can be found at the court’s official website:
http://www.supremecourtus.gov/docket/04-8132.htm (mirrored at http://www.apfn.org/apfn/Terri_Docket048132.htm ) regarding a situation
in which he was asked to leave an establishment based allegedly on his
minority ethnic background.
In spite of much opposition and ridicule from mainstream media and other
parties, however, Watts’ case has remained alive in Florida’s Supreme
Court for over a year until this past Wednesday.
Watts, who learned of the Schiavo case in 2003 from news reports,
immediately moved to file as “next friend” to challenge Schiavo’s
alleged illegal detention in hospices, which, according to State Law,
are only allowed to admit terminal patients, which are expected to die
within six or fewer months. Watts’ filings bear many similarities to
filings made by the immediate family, but have additional elements, such
as the direct challenge to the placement of Schiavo in a hospice
facility and the use of the writ of habeas corpus. Watts has said that
the immediate family would be more appropriate to file, but seeing no
one else make these legal arguments, petitioned the court, noting that
he need not be “closest friend” to satisfy legal due process
requirements for the handicapped woman, who has been denied legal
representation for much of her ordeal.
Watts also took issue with the fact that court orders only spoke to
the feeding tube, but that parties removed both the feeding tube and
also denied natural food, the latter a felony under chapter 825 state laws.
Due to the recent developments, many parties have asked Watts to request
that the high court issue a stay on the probate court proceedings while
the Supreme Court justices have a chance to review his petitions on an
expedited basis. This past Tuesday, Watts requested the court review his
legal arguments, and late Thursday, it was learned that the court had
quickly moved the previous day to issue a decision. Justices voted 4-3
to uphold a previous tentative decision to dismiss the filing based on
Voting to dismiss, without a written opinion, were Justices Kenneth
Bell, Raoul Cantero, Peggy Quince, and Charles Wells. Voting to allow
Watts to continue to file on behalf of Schiavo were Justices Harry Lee
Anstead, R. Fred Lewis, and Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. The terse
ruling can be found on the official website at:
and is expected to be posted soon on Watts’ online newspaper.
Responding to claims that he does not have legal right to challenge
Schiavo’s detention in the hospice network, Watts declares that
“non-lawyers” may intervene in rare instances and quotes “The Operation
and Jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court” by Gerald Kogan and
Robert Craig Waters, the court’s current spokesperson (18 Nova L. Rev.
1151, at 624., Fla. 1994), which states that “Even detention imposed on
someone by a private individual potentially can be tested by habeas
corpus. The most common use is where one parent alleges that the other
parent has taken custody of a child wrongfully.” Mr. Watts also cites
other landmark cases to support his claim that he may intervene: State
ex rel. Deeb v. Fabisinski, 111 Fla. 454; and, the U.S. Supreme Court’s
holding in Whitmore v. Arkansas, 495 U.S. 149, which held that that to
be a ‘next friend,’ one need only “provide an adequate explanation--such
as inaccessibility, mental incompetence, or other disability--why the
real party in interest cannot appear on his own behalf.”
Some in the news media have made issue with the fact that Watts has
filed other cases and labeled him as a “frivolous lawsuit” filer. Watts
responds: “When, in the court of public opinion, a news writer wants to
write multiple articles and deny me any coverage, I do not call him a
‘frivolous news article’ writer, and likewise, when I find several
injustices, I would like to have my right to get a fair day in court to
have our freedoms protected in this country of declining morals.
Therefore, with everyone distracted by ‘Terri’s Law’, I think it right
for me to try to help Theresa Schiavo, the person.”
Watts, a biology and chemical science honor student and alumni from the
Florida State University, hopes that the combined efforts of many people
can prevent the danger of placement in medical facilities in which they
are prohibited by law.
After being narrowly denied at Florida’s High Court, Watts plans to
appeal to the United State Supreme Court and ask the nation’s highest
court for permission to directly intervene on behalf of Terri Schiavo.
For further information, one may visit Watts’ web paper at:
http://www.geocities.com/Gordon_Watts32313 or contact him at
His personal website is: http://gordonwatts.com/
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