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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

DCF Considers Removing Schiavo From Hospice by Force

DCF considers removing Schiavo from hospice by force

TALLAHASSEE — State officials say they are considering removing Terri Schiavo from the hospice, by force if necessary, despite numerous court orders upholding the removal of the artificial nutrition tube that has kept her alive for 15 years.
Lucy Hadi, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, said Wednesday morning that her staff is relying on a
state law that gives the department the authority to intervene on behalf of a vulnerable adult who is "suffering from abuse or neglect that presents a risk of death or serious physical injury." [Read full text of statute]



  • you forgot to add:

    "But we don't care if we present a risk of death or serious physical injury to her by forcibly removing her from her hospice bed."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:38 PM  

  • hey anon, the other patients in the building are really dying, and the get food too. I don't think any of them will be in the way. I do think scumbag adulterer viper husband will, we'll see how much he fights this.

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 7:41 PM  

  • - Well the whole discussion may be moot, at least for this round, since too much longer without nourishment and water will no doubt deteriorate her condition to a point of no return. In addition to that, with the state of Florida protective services now talking of asserting custody pending abusive practices investigation, that could throw the whole situation into an even bigger battle royal. I'm not sure if that leaves them open to litigation by the hubby if it turns out to be a false charge, but I'm betting they'll trump the courts, since they have aboslute rights to citizen stewardship in any case of suspected foul play. Not sure thats a good thing, since there are so many pro and con issues in this situation its hardly possible to form a strong base of opinion. I suspect that not a few people would like to see the "early years" investigated closer, more to see if there was any wrong doing than the ultimate fate of Terri herself. You can't escape the nagging feeling that whether Terri is truly terminal or not, that in no way should obviate the investigation of the original series of events that brought her to where shes at. I think thats one of the things that bother people. With her in the ground theres a lot less chance of any effective turning of those facts. On a different level I agree with Kevin at WhizBang, that this case has very strong overtones of the whole pro-choice/pro-life debate with possible repercusions to Roe vs Wade. Issues of this sort that cut to the heart of so many, across such a wide swathe of our society, may always sit in a sort of unresolved limbo, since as great as our form of government is, none of the three branches are Solomon-wise, and we may have no choice but to cut the baby in half sometimes for the good of society as a whole.

    By Anonymous Big Bang Hunter, at 7:53 PM  

  • anon, it’s nice to see your concern for her “risk of death.” She can’t be at any bigger risk than she already is.

    Hunter, you said “with her in the ground…” He plans on having her cremated right away, no autopsy - there goes any chance of an investigation.

    By Anonymous Dee, at 8:01 PM  

  • Can they stop 'considering' it and actually DO it before she is dead?

    I don't see why some people don't get the hypocrisy here. It is a **FELONY** to deny her food and water by mouth. Her so-called 'right to die' wish has been met since her 'artificial' life support (feeding tube) has been discontinued. The law enforcement office actually told me that the case was in front of the judge. Do you really need a judge to review this case before you can stop a CRIME from continuing?

    I heard on the radio that her (gag) husband has also denied the family access to her for the last 5 hours. I'm going to go watch some of Hannity & Colmes (though with the TV on mute when Alan is on).

    I cannot see how ANYBODY says denying her food by mouth is ok.
    She said "no tubes" not 'no food'.

    Prayer is the answer.

    By Blogger I Hope., at 8:58 PM  

  • What is depressing about this is that it appears they still have to go back to the courts after 4 days.

    By Blogger Sue Bob, at 9:05 PM  

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