Straight Up with Sherri

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Meanwhile, Back in Washington

While you were watching Florida
- strange things have been happening in Our Nation's Capital

HR 1151 : Where is it now?

According to Ignatius Insight:
In Congress, the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act introduced by Rep. Dave Weldon on March 8th had more than a hundred cosponsors*. It would allow Terri Schiavo to qualify for habeas corpus protection, the same protection afforded death row inmates, which would move her case into federal court for a hearing.

Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez introduced similar legislation in the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s office told the St. Petersburg Times that Frist would attempt to fast track the bill to the Senate floor for a vote without any committee hearings.

The House version is scheduled for a Judiciary Committee hearing on March 16th. At least ten disability rights groups support the legislation, according to Not Dead Yet, an organization of disabled people opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

This is Today, folks!
The House Judiciary Committee members are:


The following witnesses have been scheduled to testify before the Committee:
  • Kenneth Sukhia
    Attorney and Partner, Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A.

  • Kent Scheidegger
    Legial Director and General Counsel, Criminal Justice and Legal Foundation

  • Arthur Caplan
    Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

  • Eric M. Freedman
    Maurice A. Dean Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Hofstra Law School
For a live Webcast of the Hearing
(Wed. 3/16/05, 2:00 pm, EST),
Click Here
and then click "Live Webcast of Hearing - available at date and time of meeting"
This should run in RealOne Player.

In the Senate, S539 has been read for the second time and placed on the calendar:
Calendar No. 34
1st Session
S. 539

To amend title 28, United States Code, to provide the protections of
habeas corpus for certain incapacitated individuals whose life is in
jeopardy, and for other purposes.
March 7, 2005

Mr. Martinez (for himself, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Santorum, and
Mr. Brownback) introduced the following bill; which was read the first

March 8, 2005
Read the second time and placed on the calendar.

No immediate action is planned. is presently running a National Campaign to pass this legislation through both houses of the U.S. Congress.
A visit to their website is informative.

I will close with reference to an opinion expressed by Jake Jones,
"A Christian judge, husband or attorney should never give consideration to changing God’s word to meet the needs of the secular world. The Bible specifically tells us to take care of those who cannot care for themselves. Terri can’t take care of herself, and those who want her out of the picture will take care of her in their own way."

The reason I bring this up is that things can happen fast when we aren't looking.
I promise to follow this issue and keep you informed right here on Straight Up With Sherri.

All research and notices are sincerely appreciated.
* The link to Thomas Search requires in-memory parameter.
The number of cosponsors was 115 Tuesday, 126 Wednesday
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  • I just want to say how shocked and disapointed I am that Charles will not even reply to requests for help. Many of us have contributed to LGF more than once. This is issue is not like abortion it is saving someone from MURDER by the STATE. I am so sure that if the Lizards could respond they would do so. I think it is time to make a statement on the forums and point all this out to Charles. Sometimes saying things in public in necessary. If someone has the courage to do so, please add my name:

    Angie Moore, Social Circle, GA.

    Thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM  

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