- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 20, 2005


A House Democrat trying to stop legislation backed by Terri Schiavo’s family turned down a request from her brother to reconsider his position when the two ran into each other yesterday in the House Press Gallery.

A little awkwardly, Bobby Schindler and Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, shook hands. Mr. Schindler then launched into a passionate defense of the legislation.

The bill effectively would take Mrs. Schiavo’s fate out of Florida state courts, where judges on Friday ordered her feeding tube removed, and allow family members to take their case to a federal judge.

As reporters and photographers gathered, Mr. Schindler handed Mr. Moran a CD and urged him to consider footage of his sister.

“She’s doing the best that she can trying to speak to my dad” in the footage, Mr. Schindler told Mr. Moran. “I urge you — in fact, I am begging you — to at least listen to these videos of my sister communicating with my father.”

“I am happy to take a look at that,” Mr. Moran replied. “But my greater concern is not with the immediate facts of this case as much as it is the precedent, of overruling the state courts, of politicizing a tragic family situation.”

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