February 23, 2005

Florida's Department of Children and

Florida's Department of Children and Families may not have a stellar record of service, but they are now, in a suprise move that shocked many, joined in the fight for Terri.
The Florida Department of Children & Families investigated a way to intervene in the case on Wednesday, just hours after Bush told reporters in a press conference that he would do everything legally possible to help Terri's parents prevent her estranged husband from starving her to death.

Details of just how DCF would get involved were not yet available, according to an Associated Press report.

The news had Terri's father, Bob Schindler, hopeful again.

"We are really elated," Schindler told AP. "Forty-eight hours to us right now seems like six years. We pray to God and we thank God that we have some time and our very, very thankful that DCF has picked this up."

However, euthanasia advocate George Felos, the lead attorney for Michael, criticized the Bush administrations latest efforts saying it "reeks of the intervention of politics into the case and is an affront to the court."

DCF may have gotten involved, according to Felos and Schindler attorney David Gibbs, because of a bone scan conducted on Terri after she collapsed 15 years ago.

Though they were never investigated, because local authorities said they were too old to go into, DCF may be alleging that Michael abused Terri to cause the physical head trauma the scans displayed.

Terr is alleged to have made statements before the collapse to her family and friends that she was unhappy in her marriage, but Michael has denied hurting her.

Governor Bush, who passed Terri's law that saved Terri last year on her sixth day of starvation after her feeding tube was removed said today:

[H]e was exploring every legal possibility to again prevent Terri from being starved to death. He called the effort a "work in progress."

"I can assure you, I will do whatever I can within the means, within the laws, of our state to protect this woman's life," Bush said Wednesday. "I won't go beyond that."

The governor said he has received thousands of calls and emails from supporters of Terri and that he and his staff are working with attorneys at the legislature to devise a solution.

"People with deep faith and big hearts are concerned, as I am about the circumstance that Ms. Schiavo is in," the governor continued. "I want them to know I will do what I can, but there are limits to what any particular person -- irrespective of the title they currently hold -- can do."

George Felos, Michael Schiavo's lawyer, is upset because it "reeks of the intervention of politics into the case and is an affront to the court." Well, George, what you are trying to do reeks of intervention of life into the case and is an affront to Terri and her hope of rehabilitation. All this work for a "houseplant", eh, George? Good thing that Michael has already paid you a half of million dollars that was given to him to help rehabilitate Terri. I am so sorry poor George is upset (Oh yeah, that reeked of sarcasm).

See?! It is not too late for hope! Continue calling the Governor's office and writing letters and if you are in Florida, please get a hold of your local legislature and tell them you support Terri's right to live! Also if you would like to donate funds, go to BlogsforTerri. They are planning an advertisement to be placed in the St. Pete Times so they can let all those readers know the *truth* about Terri!

And above all else, P R A Y! Terri's family needs strength and peace to see them through these next few days...

Thanks for everyone's contribution! Together we might make a difference!

Posted by Jody at February 23, 2005 09:28 PM | TrackBack
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