CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 25, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(Pinellas Park, Florida: Mark Potter) The protestors who are demonstrating to keep Terri Schiavo alive featured; details given of Schiavo’s parents’ claim that she tried to communicate her desire to live; scenes shown of activists Randall Terry, Patrick Mahoney & others outside Schiavo’s Florida hospice and of the protest 2 years ago over the display of the Ten Commandments in an Alabama courthouse. [PROTESTOR – cites the Bible.] [Father Bob SCHINDLER- says she’s getting weaker.] [Conservative activist Dave DAUBENMIRE- comments on the core group of protestors who travel to different events; says this is the Roe vs. Wade of euthanasia.]
(Studio: Bob Schieffer; no location given: Andrew Cohen) The intervention of Congress & President Bush that gave federal courts the jurisdiction to hear the Schiavo case and the implications for future cases discussed.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Statistics on Americans in a persistent vegetative state & adults with living wills cited.
(New York: Sharyn Alfonsi) The increased interest in living wills sparked by the Schiavo case featured; details given of recommendations on health care directives. [New Jersey resident Sharon SLEVIN- comments.] [Aging with Dignity president Paul MALLEY- comments on not waiting until a time of crisis.] [Boston University School of Medicine Dr. MICHAEL GRODIN- suggests designating a health care proxy.]