Friday, August 04, 2006

Child Custody Protection Act on the Ropes

Please take action at the bottom of this article and contact Hawaii's Senator's Inouye & Akaka immediately and demand they allow this bill to move on so that it can be sent to the President and he can sign it into law...

August 3, 2006
Child Custody Protection Act on the Ropes
by Pete Winn, associate editor of www.citizenlink.org
A bill to preserve parental rights in minor abortions has been short-circuited. Will it be for good?

The Child Custody Protection Act may not be dead, but it's comatose and won’t be voted on before the Senate recesses, likely on Friday.


"We’re not going to be able to get sufficient pressure put on the Democrats, but we need to get this on through this fall," said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., one of the bill's sponsors.

The Senate approved the bill July 25 on a 65-34 vote, which saw 14 Democrats (including Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii) cross the aisle in support. It would make it a federal crime to transport a minor girl across state lines for an abortion, if doing so would circumvent the law in her home state requiring parental notification or consent.

Immediately after passage, however, the Democratic caucus — led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.(including Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii) — blocked the appointment of Democratic members to the necessary conference committee which will be charged with reaching a compromise on differences between the House and Senate bills.

For the second week in a row, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., tried this morning to gain unanimous consent for the bill to go to conference committee — and was again rebuffed by Democrats.

Amanda Banks, federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said Frist even agreed to offer support for an amendment offered by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., if Democrats would release the bill. The amendment, which would extend an exemption to grandparents, had been insisted on by Democrats but was defeated when the full bill passed the Senate.

"No deal," was the response Frist received.

"You can see how very political this issue has become for the Democrats," Banks said, "when the Republicans are doing one thing after another to meet their requests — and the Democrats object and obstruct the process to get the bill to the president."

Brownback said with no consensus going into the August break, the bill may not get the attention it deserves when lawmakers get back to Washington, D.C., in September. That, he said, is "fundamentally wrong."

"I call on the Democrat leadership to allow conferees to be appointed," Brownback said. "The Senate has voted on this. The House has voted on this. It's an important piece of legislation that guarantees parental rights and has the support of 75 percent of the public. It needs to go to conference, have the issues worked out, (be) presented back to each of the houses and go to the president so that we can move."

Doug Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, remains hopeful — saying it is too early to give up on the legislation.

"The bill still has a real chance to become law," he told CitizenLink, "but it depends on public awareness and senators hearing from their constituents during August."

Both Johnson and Banks say it is imperative that all Democratic senators hear from their constituents about this bill.

TAKE ACTION
Since both Senators in Hawaii are Democrats we must send the message to them that you do not appreciate the Democratic Caucus' decision to obstruct S. 403, the Child Custody Protection Act.

You may contact your lawmakers through the CitizenLink Action Center.
click on this link.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

FDA plan eases access to Plan B pill

Posted on: Thursday, August 3, 2006

FDA plan eases access to Plan B pill

By Mary Vorsino Honolulu Advertiser Staff Writer

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal to allow over-the-counter sales of the so-called "morning-after" contraceptive pill would make it more readily accessible to Hawai'i women 18 and older.

One of eight states that do not require a doctor's prescription to get the emergency contraceptive called Plan B, Hawai'i mandates a consultation with a pharmacist before obtaining the pill.

The proposed federal guidelines would lift that condition for women 18 and older. The requirement would remain for girls 14 to 17, who legally can obtain the pill from pharmacies.
Family planning advocates in the Islands support the FDA's move, noting that it would eliminate some barriers — including the cost of a consultation with a pharmacist — that now hinder the efforts of some girls and women to get the pill. Opponents of easier access to Plan B counter that, among other things, emergency contraceptive poses thorny moral questions and could encourage unprotected sex.


Hawai'i Right to Life and other anti-abortion groups came out against Plan B in 2003, when state lawmakers took up the bill that permits pharmacists to prescribe Plan B and does not require parental permission for minors. The measure passed with a wide majority and went into effect in 2004.

John Long, executive director of Hawai'i Right to Life, said selling the emergency contraceptive over the counter would send the wrong message to girls. Instead, he said, lawmakers and educators should be promoting abstinence. In cases of unwanted pregnancies, he said, "the safest alternative is to have the child."

But family planning advocates say the pill provides an option for females who had unprotected sex and are not ready for a child.

Rep. Hermina Morita, D-14th (Kapa'a, Hanalei), a strong proponent of the 2004 law, said she believes the FDA should provide Plan B over the counter with no age restrictions.

"I think it should be available to any female that had unprotected sex," Morita said. "Ultimately, for a minor, you want the support system to be there. But we also have to be very realistic that a minor may not go directly to a parent for help."

Plan B works best if taken about 12 hours to 24 hours after unprotected sex, but can still be effective up to five days afterward. About 95 percent of women who take the pill avoid pregnancy, according to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai'i. It is not effective in ending pregnancies, like the controversial RU-486, known as the "abortion pill," which is available only through a doctor's prescription.

The FDA's decision on the matter is still weeks off, but the issue is spurring a political firestorm in Washington.

Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach sent out a letter earlier this week to Barr Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Plan B, outlining the federal agency's proposal for selling it without a prescription to women.

In his request for a meeting with Barr representatives, von Eschenbach expressed concern about how to ensure the drug would not be available to minors without a prescription.
The offer comes as von Eschenbach is seeking confirmation to the top FDA post, and two senators — Patty Murray, of Washington, and Hillary Clinton, of New York — have threatened to block his nomination until the drug is approved for over-the-counter sale.


In Hawai'i, pharmacists who administer Plan B must be state-certified. The state Department of Health said yesterday that 167 pharmacists at 60 pharmacies in the Islands have completed the required training.

State statistics also show 38 clinics in the Islands tallied a total of 4,327 visits for emergency contraceptives last year.

Kit Uyeda, of the state Health Department family planning branch, said Plan B is the preferred emergency contraceptive among healthcare providers because it requires fewer doses and is less likely to cause nausea and other side effects.

In 2005, Planned Parenthood of Hawai'i handed out about 2,500 doses of emergency contraceptives, a large portion of which were Plan B doses. Sonia Blackiston, health educator at the nonprofit organization, said the price tag for a pharmacy prescription prompts many women and girls to go to clinics for Plan B.

Pharmacies can charge a consultant fee of upwards of $25, Blackiston said, adding that a single dose of the drug costs between $50 and $75, but some doctors and clinics offer it at a reduced rate.

Blackiston also said that access to the drug is still difficult in places, especially the Neighbor Islands. She said no emergency contraceptives are sold at pharmacies in certain areas of the Big Island, forcing women to travel to Hilo and Kona.

Longs Drugs Stores, one of the biggest private providers of Plan B in the state, has had about 1,000 requests for the drug since 2004, clinical pharmacist Cindy Minakami said.
"It is pretty popular," she said. She also says she has never heard of a situation in which a girl under 14 attempted to get the drug.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reach Mary Vorsino at mvorsino@honoluluadvertiser.com.

FACTS ON PLAN B PILL, HAWAI'I'S REGULATIONS


Q: What is Plan B?
A: Plan B is an emergency contraceptive best taken at least 24 hours after unprotected sex. It is one of the most popular brands on the market among the so-called "morning-after pills," and is reported to have the fewest side effects.


Q: What is the law in Hawai'i regarding the drug?
A: In Hawai'i, a doctor's prescription is not needed for Plan B. Instead, women and girls at least 14 years old may get the contraceptive from a pharmacist. Pharmacists must undergo certification training before conducting screenings for a Plan B prescription. The screening consists of verifying age eligibility and providing information about the pill.


Q: What other states allow someone to get Plan B without a doctor's prescription?
A: Besides Hawai'i, those states are Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Washington.


Q: Is the FDA recommending a plan to sell Plan B over the counter?
A: The FDA is proposing to allow Plan B to be sold over the counter to people who are at least 18 years old. Minors would still be required to get a prescription for the drug, according to the proposal. In Hawai'i, girls 14 and older would still be able to get the drug from a pharmacist with a prescription.

FDA to Reconsider Availability of Plan B

The FDA is under fire from pro-abortion politicians for delaying a decision to dispense the “morning after pill.”

A brisk exchange between pro-abortion Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and the nominated chief of the FDA Andrew von Eschenbach at his confirmation hearing indicates how far the abortion industry is willing to go to make the Morning After Pill available to young women.
“I don’t know them all, but I know in France it’s done with school nurses. Young girls can go to a school nurse and get it with medical supervision.”


“That’s fine. Would you be in favor of that here? School nurses?”

So it was with alarm that pro-life advocates responded to the news that the FDA was planning to meet with Barr Labs. Bethanie Swendson is with the Family Research Council.

“We felt that it was more of a political move on his part to try to get the confirmation process through more swiftly.”

Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America says the proposal to ensure that ‘only women over 18’ could buy the pill is unworkable.

“Certainly there’s no way that they could put a gender restriction on who buys the drug. How could they possibly think that they could ensure that men would not buy the drug?”
Why would men want to buy the drug?


“A forty year old man that is statutorily raping a thirteen year old girl is going to want to cover up his abuse. He wants to make sure she doesn’t get pregnant to make sure he doesn’t get caught. This would be an easy way for him to do it.”
This doesn’t even leave a plan A for the victims.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Abortionists investigated for possible baby murder

HT to Marti

Posted: July 31, 2006
8:35 p.m. Eastern

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The dead body of a baby who probably was born alive and then killed is just "business as usual" for the nation's abortion industry, a spokesperson for the Florida Right to Life effort told WorldNetDaily.

"This is the result of legalized abortion in our nation. There are very few protections for the mother, and basically no protections for the unborn children," Linda Bell said.

She was talking about an investigation being done now by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner and police in Hialeah into the death of a baby whose body was found in a biohazard bag at an abortion clinic in the South Florida city.

The discovery came after someone, perhaps a clinic worker, according to police, called 911 anonymously to report that a baby had been born alive, and was killed.

A lawyer for the owner of "A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center" immediately issued a statement that no crime was committed, and an 18-year-old had had an abortion without complications.

"My clients run an abortion clinic. It's a legal business," Regina DeMoraes-Millan told television station WFOR-TV in Miami-Fort Lauderdale. "Right now police are just investigating a 9-1-1 call."

Police and the coroner, however, have a little higher level of concern, and ordered the clinic closed while their investigation determined whether any criminal charges would be filed.

"In 24 years in law enforcement, I have never seen a case like this,"" Hialeah Det. Tony Rodriguez told the station.

Authorities report their investigation includes the potential for homicide charges, as well as evidence tampering. The baby reportedly was 12 inches long and weighed up to three pounds, an age and weight at which premature infants can survive outside the womb.

Witnesses reported to police the 18-year-old woman, whose name wasn't released, went to the clinic at about 22 weeks of pregnancy for an abortion, then returned the next day complaining of pain. Clinic workers said the doctor wasn't available and she would have to wait.

The witnesses reported that she was taken into a recovery room, where she gave birth to the child she thought had been aborted the day before.

"Employees cut the umbilical cord, put the baby in a bag and walked away with it," Hialeah Lt. Ralph Garcia said.

After the anonymous 9-1-1 call, police responded but found no body. Then they returned a second time, following a second call, and found the body in the biohazard bag. Detectives say it's possible clinic workers moved the body during the first visit, to avoid detection, according to
LifeNews.com.

Bell said her organization and others concerned about life repeatedly have tried to get basic health clinic rules applied to abortion businesses, without success to date.

"Unfortunately, that's the mentality of this country, that the abortion business is not subject (to rules)," she told WorldNetDaily. "This is the result of that."

She said the death was tragic, but she couldn't call it a murder until the autopsy results were released because that is a legal term.

An autopsy was done over the weekend, with results pending that could impact Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolaco's closure order for the clinic.

A report by the Miami Herald said state records show the clinic is one of a group owned and run by the same people. The records show the owner is Belkis Gonzalez of Miramar, who also was listed as the owner of the Miramar clinic that was closed in 2005 after several workers were accused of practicing medicine without a license.

The state Department of Health concluded that one worker, Roberto A. Osborne, failed to treat a woman after giving her an abortion in 2000 and he pleaded guilty in 2005 to performing medicine without a license, a third-degree felony.

The woman in that case ended up in an emergency room, where doctors performed a hysterectomy, the health department said.

Bell also noted that she was not surprised, because the Miramar clinic at one point promoted a cleaning woman to medical assistant so she could assist with abortions. Bell said the woman later pleaded guilty to nursing without a license.

One of the witnesses in the ongoing case is the baby's mother.

"We were able to locate the mother of this child. ... She, in fact, reiterated that she did come to this clinic to have an abortion, and she gave birth to the baby while waiting for the doctor to arrive," Lt. Garcia told WTVJ-TV.

Abortion doctor escapes criminal indictment

HT to Marti

Posted: August 1, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

A grand jury has failed to return a criminal indictment against Wichita, Kan., abortion provider George Tiller over the death of a 19-year-old Texas woman who had a third-trimester abortion, and
Operation Rescue officials blame it on money and politics.

"It was a long shot first because we're attempting to prosecute him in the county where he resides [and] he's effectively bought off – and I use that word intentionally – District Attorney Foulston," Troy Newman, president of the Christian pro-life activist organization, told WorldNetDaily shortly after the announcement.

That would be Nola Tedesco Foulston, the prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District in Kansas. She announced the grand jury impaneled to investigate the death of Christin A. Gilbert, 19, on Jan. 13, 2005, had concluded its investigation without any indictments.

"The grand jury, which was convened in response to a citizen initiated petition drive, commenced its investigation on May 22," she said in her official statement. "The grand jury performed its obligation in requesting and reviewing relevant evidence and law in the matter and has been discharged by Judge Richard Ballinger upon completion of its duty."

"We believe the lack of indictment by the grand jury is the result of corruption and cronyism at the local and state level," Newman said. "Nola Foulston is a personal friend of Tiller's and should never have been involved in the investigation in any way."

He also said the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which earlier dismissed complaints against Tiller in the woman's death, "is beholden to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who is in Tiller's pocket due to massive campaign contributions."

Newman said the hope was that a grand jury would have been independent enough to return a charge, but then noted that it would have been Foulston who presented the case and the law to the jurors.

"We're obviously disappointed," he said. "We're not discouraged."

The objective fact is, he said, the woman died of complications from an abortion and he believes a cover-up was begun immediately. Newman said even the 9-1-1 call seeking an ambulance for the stricken woman included a plea from clinic workers for "No lights, no siren."

He also said the woman had been diagnosed with dehydration, when in fact she was suffering from a massive sepsis infection.

Tiller's clinic in Wichita is the largest in the world for abortions in the second and third trimesters, Newman said. "People fly in even from Europe, because most places, countries, won't allow [such late abortions]," he said.

The story of the death of Gilbert, a Down Syndrome teen, prompted the launch recently of a website, JusticeforChristin.com, a site that also was used to publicize the effort to call for the grand jury investigation.

Operation Rescue also documented other experiences from woman who had gone through the abortion clinic. "I was in excruciating pain and I was vomiting from the pills," a woman identified as "Janice" reported. "Tina" said her experience at the clinic "was physically the closest thing to hell on earth I have every experienced."

This, however, has been Operation Rescue's only significant defeat in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, it announced the purchase of a building housing another Wichita abortion clinic, which was shut down because of the purchase.

The organization bought the building that housed the former Central Women's Services clinic, and opened its doors for media tours. The clinic, which had been open since 1983 under various names, apparently was used for about 50,000 abortions.

Included in the tour was the sink next to the abortion rooms that featured an industrial garbage disposal where abortion machines were rinsed. Onetime insiders in the abortion industry also noted that it once was common for the aborted babies to be run through disposals.

Newman said when his group took over the facility, the carpets were blood-stained and the sink around the disposal had evidence of dried blood.

"The entire area had the stench of death," he said.

At that time, Tiller apparently bought the assets of the closed clinic and absorbed them into his own practice.

'I Had an Abortion' Magazine Campaign

HT to Marti

'I Have Had an Abortion,' Mag Asks Women to Declare
By Alison Espach
CNSNews.com Correspondent
August 01, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - Ms. Magazine's latest pro-abortion message invites women and girls who have undergone the procedure to submit their names for inclusion in the magazine and sign an online petition stating that "I have had an abortion."

The petition targets the recent South Dakota abortion ban, which has been stayed until voters in the state decide on the November ballot whether they want to overturn the ban.

"Whatever happens in South Dakota, 17 states now have trigger laws or pre-Roe bans that will ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to reverse Roe v. Wade," Ms. Magazine warns.

The South Dakota case is the likeliest avenue for Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, to eventually be challenged in the nation's highest court.

The Ms. Magazine petition asks females to "publicly join the millions of women in the United States who have had an abortion in demanding a repeal of laws that restrict women's reproductive freedom." Then the magazine asks for money.

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, told Cybercast News Service that the pitch from Ms. Magazine takes "absurdity to a new level with a campaign bragging about their past abortions."

"These women are celebrating an act of violence that has proven traumatic for millions of mothers and deadly for their innocent pre-born children," Brown stated. "We know from all the research that's been done that most woman who have aborted their children are number one, not proud of what they did, and number two, are not going to come out and publicly say that they are," she said.

But Ms. Magazine insists that abortion is "a very common, necessary and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S." and promises to send all of the petition signatures it collects to the Bush White House.

According to Ms. Magazine, illegal abortions in the 1970s caused untold suffering in the United States, "especially for poor women who had to resort to unsafe self-induced or back-alley abortions."

The magazine also claims that in developing nations each year, "approximately 70,000 women and girls die from botched and unsafe abortions and another 500,000 maternal deaths occur," although it does not cite the source of those statistics.

The petition states that the Bush administration's international family planning policies, including the funding of abstinence-only education, contribute to the death toll because the policies do not provide comprehensive information and resources.

Brown cited post-abortion research conducted by the Springfield, Ill., based Elliot Institute. The Institute reported in 1997 on its survey of women eight weeks after they had undergone an abortion. Forty-four percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent said they experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent said they regretted their decision and 11 percent admitted that they had been prescribed psychotropic drugs by their family doctor.

"Of course, it is in the best interest of the feminist movement to make sure the women don't have a guilty conscience or negative feelings towards their abortion," Brown added.

The Ms. Magazine campaign, Brown said is fueled by fears of the growing "pro-life" movement.

"The biggest reason why they are doing this is because they are petrified," said Brown. "The pro life movement has made tremendous advances in Congress, in the state legislatures and it continues to move forward. And I think that some of this is to frighten the complacent woman who has had an abortion into thinking that if they don't do something they will lose their 'right to abortion.'"

Feminist Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in 1971 and served as its aggressive spokeswoman for many years. But since 2001 the magazine has been owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation, whose president is Eleanor Smeal.

In 2006 Steinem's name doesn't appear until the 12th paragraph of a "HerStory" section on the magazine's website.


Monday, July 31, 2006

Will Specter Campaign For Santorum?

By Doug Patton
July 31, 2006

In 2004, Pennsylvania's junior United States senator, Rick Santorum, a solid, reliable social and fiscal conservative, was compelled by his party and by the Bush White House to hold his nose, betray his principles and campaign for the Keystone state's senior senator, Arlen Specter, simply because he was an entrenched incumbent with an "R" behind his name. (Of course, in Specter's case, the "R" stands for RINO rather than Republican.)

You will recall that Specter was locked in a very tight primary battle against a real Republican, U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, at the time. Concerned about control of the U.S. Senate, the Bush White House strategized that it was too risky to support Toomey over Specter in that primary election, or even to allow the primary to run its course without White House interference. Their fear, of course, was that a blue state like Pennsylvania, which went for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004, would not support a conservative true believer for the United States Senate. Such thinking ignored the fact that this same state elected Santorum in the first place, but it also revealed a George Bush-Karl Rove penchant for taking the path of least resistance rather than fighting for the values of their party.

So, in a triumph of party unity over ideology, all the president's men, including poor Rick Santorum and Mr. Bush himself, pulled out all the stops to help Specter score a win in his primary campaign, which he pulled out in a squeaker. In what was perhaps a preview of his future thanklessness, Specter, who was next in line to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, promptly announced that he intended to institute a pro-abortion litmus test on any and all of Bush's judicial nominees, especially those for the U.S. Supreme Court. And he would have followed through on that threat, too, had it not been for a fierce lobbying effort to dump him and install as chairman virtually anyone else among the other Republicans on the committee.

Arlen Specter is a crotchety old liberal whose ideology more closely resembles that of Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton than George Bush and Rick Santorum, especially on social issues. He does not belong in the Republican Party, and he certainly has absolutely no business chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee, which sits in judgment of the judges. Specter shows little or no gratitude for anything that is done for him. In fact, the only stimuli to which he seems to respond is the loss of his power, such as the aforementioned pressure exerted against his chairmanship when he began to revert to type after the 2004 election.

Why President Bush continues to support liberal GOP incumbents is beyond me. In fact, the problem with the United States Senate can be summed up in a handful of RINOs, the worst of which are: Lincoln Chaffee (RINO-Rhode Island); Olympia Snowe (RINO-Maine) and her colleague, Susan Collins; and especially, Arlen Specter (RINO-Pennsylvania).

Now Rick Santorum is in need of all the help he can get in a tough reelection campaign against Bob Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania's state treasurer and the son of a popular former governor. Santorum needs Specter's support in order to hold his seat. Surely, one would think, Arlen Specter, who but for the help given him by Rick Santorum, would have been forced into retirement in 2004, remembers what was done for him by his colleague two years ago. Surely, he must be grateful enough to return the favor. So far, I have seen no evidence of it. I will be pleasantly surprised if I am proven wrong, but I'm not known for holding my breath in such cases.

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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including TheConservativeVoice.com and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

Terri Schiavo's Brother: Liberals, Democrats, Disabled Supported Terri Email this article

by Bobby Schindler
July 17, 2006

LifeNews.com Note: Bobby Schindler is Terri Schiavo's brother and works with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to make sure elderly and disabled patients receive appropriate medical care and rehabilitative treatment.


Stephen Goldstein, in his July 5 column, "Drum the culprits out," overlooks that it was not just the "radical right" and Republicans who were "having their way" when it came to supporting my family's efforts to stop my sister Terri Schiavo's brutal death from occurring.

Michael Schiavo -- and most in the popular media, for that matter -- have conveniently forgotten that there were more than 20 local and national disability organizations that were supporting my family's efforts to keep Terri alive.

These are hardly the type of organizations that anyone would label "radical right." In fact, the disability organizations involved in my sister's case outnumbered the so-called radical right groups that were also supporting my family.

Mr. Schiavo is not being honest regarding the Republicans in Terri's case either.

When Congress got involved in Terri's situation, not one Democrat objected in the Senate's voice vote to pass "Terri's Law," and 47 Democrats voted in favor of the House bill.

Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin said in a press conference on March 18, 2005: "Where there is a genuine dispute as to what the desires of the incapacitated person really are, then there ought to be at the end some review by a federal court outside of state jurisdiction. You might say, `Why a federal court?' State courts vary in their evidentiary proceedings and in their process -- fifty different ones. … In a case like this, where someone is incapacitated and their life support can be taken away, it seems to me that it is appropriate -- where there is a dispute, as there is in this case -- that a federal court come in, like we do in habeas corpus situations, and review it and make another determination."

And although it was a Republican governor who tried to help Terri, ultimately it was Republican state Sen. Jim King and eight other Republicans who blocked a Senate bill in the final days of my sister's life, ending our hopes of stopping Terri from being starved and dehydrated to death.

In addition, Goldstein and many in the ill-informed media continue to give Mr. Schiavo a free pass when it comes to insulting comments about my family and as to his conflicting specifics and statements, which can easily be disputed by reading court documents or referring to his previous interviews. Unfortunately, this basic effort has been continually overlooked by the journalism profession.