Marlowe's Shade

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Blogburst for Terri: More Conflict of Interest in the Schiavo Case

From Empire Journal

Here's another connection of one of the board members of the Suncoast Hospice to the Schiavo case that I previously missed:

Testimony on Florida's Starvation and Dehydration of Persons with Disabilities Prevention Act (HB 701) will be heard Wednesday by the Health Care Regulation Committee of the Florida House of Representatives.

The bill, if adopted, would help Terri Schiavo, one of the state's most vulnerable adults, and thousands of other disabled Floridians...

... {Committee Member and Republican State Rep) Bilirakis, however, is a member of the board of directors of Hospice of Florida Suncoast, the non-profit organization which operates the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park where Terri Schiavo resides.

Bilirakis was instrumental in the passage of the 1999 amendment which amended Section 765 of Florida Statutes to change the definition of "life prolonging procedures" to add "including artifically provided sustenance and hydration which sustains, restores or supplants a spntaneous vital function.

Committee member Bilikaris was also a campaign contributor to Judge George W. Greer who has issued the death order for the removal of the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, voted to change the law to make good and water "artificial" life support. Were it not for this change in law, helped to be promulgated by Bilikaris, the assisted feeding tube of Terri Schiavo would not be removed by court order as it would not have constituted artificial life support. The bill had been sponsored by Rep. Nancy Argenziano, Citrus County, and co-sponsored by Heyman, Sobel, Reddick, Fiorentino, Bilirakis, Littlefield, Kosmas, Bitner, Jacobs, Levine and Bloom.

Discussion points in favor of the proposed HB 701 include that nutrition and hydration are basic requirements of life. Withholding them is directly forcing the death of anyone who is not already at the point of imminent death.

The incestuousness of this case is getting absurd.

The EJ also has a great post on potential violations of hospice law and Medicare and Medicaid rules by Suncoast. Apparently their site was hacked and some Schiavo posts were deleted, but fortunately not lost. Please visit Empire Journal and show your support for this fine site that is posting some crucial information.

Coincidently Discarded Lies was attacked yesterday as well.
papijoe 12:59 PM