Thursday, June 16, 2005
DeLay, Frist, et al - Dodgers and Weavers
"The report generally supported the contention of Ms. Schiavo's husband, Michael, accepted by judges in six courts over the years, that she was unaware and incapable of recovering. And it countered arguments by her family, who badly wanted to win custody of Ms. Schiavo, that she was responsive and could improve with therapy."
Tom DeLay, House Majority Leader
On 6/15/05: A spokesman for Mr. DeLay declined to answer any questions about the autopsy, except to say that his "thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Terri Schiavo."
What he said on 3/20/05: "Ms. Schiavo's condition, I believe, has been misrepresented by the media,"...... "Terri Schiavo is not brain dead; she talks and she laughs, and she expresses happiness and discomfort. Terri Schiavo is not on life support."
Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader (he is a transplant surgeon)
3/17/05: Dr. Frist, in his floor statement said that after viewing videotape of Ms. Schiavo, it was clear she was responsive. "To be able to make a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state - which is not brain dead; it is not coma; it is a specific diagnosis and typically takes multiple examinations over a period of time because you are looking for responsiveness - I have looked at the video footage," Dr. Frist said. "Based on the footage provided to me, which was part of the facts of the case, she does respond."
6/15/05: Dr. Frist did not respond to questions about the autopsy findings, saying he had not had time to review them. His spokeswoman, Amy Call, sought out reporters who asked about the case to assert that Dr. Frist "never made a diagnosis."
And the response from the White House
"It doesn't change the position that the president took," said its spokesman, Scott McClellan. "The president believes we should stand on the side of defending and protecting life."
Source: New York Times
"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. "
---Will Rogers, American humorist (1879-1935)