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Law / Schiavo Case / Congressional Power #783869

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 2005
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The last-minute attempt by members of Congress to interfere in the legal ruling in Florida to allow the removal of the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, who has been in a vegetative state for seven {sic} years, outlined; scenes shown of Schiavo. [Voice of Judge George GREER - {with transcription on screen} says legislative bodies do not have business in the court proceedings.]

(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) The use of Congressional subpoena power to try to get the feeding tube reconnected examined; details given of the call for a hearing on treatment options for incapacitated patients & of last night's actions by the Republicans, including the party's "talking points." [Representative Tom DeLAY - says Schiavo will not be forsaken; speaks about the sanctity of life.] [Representative Tom DAVIS, Michael Schiavo's attorney George FELOS†- offer views on the case.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Pinellas Park, Florida: Jeffrey Kofman) Schiavo's medical condition, the debate in the Florida legislature of this case & the state court's jurisdiction discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statements from the judge & Terri's husband noted.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The claims from members of Congress versus positions held by medical bioethicists examined; details given about the specific bills from the House & Senate. [Representative Dave WELDON†, University of Florida college of medicine professor Bill ALLEN†- offer differing opinions on the removal of patients' feeding tubes.] [Representative Roy BLUNT, ALLEN - offer differing opinions on Terri's vegetative state.] Findings of an ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on the issue of being kept alive in Schiavo's condition outlined on screen. [American Enterprise Inst. Norman ORNSTEIN†- says they wanted to intervene.]

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Douglass, Linda;
Kofman, Jeffrey;
Tapper, Jake
Duration:
00:07:10

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