In a very brief session on Sunday, House Republicans called a recess when Democrats made it clear they would not let the bill pass on a voice vote, requiring a quorum for a roll call vote.
Meanwhile Terri Schiavo’s mother was pleading for Democrat lawmakers not to politicize this issue and vote to save Terri’s life. A party that screams “quagmire” prior to elections where it will embolden terrorists, that belittles holocaust suffering by comparing Republicans to Nazis and that refuses to recognize the emancipation of millions of people as an inherently good thing, is incapable of seeing beyond its own political ambitions.
Apparently facts really don’t matter any more. It’s all about cheap political points. It’s not about whether Terri is truly in a vegetative state. It’s not about the medical substantiation or lack thereof. It’s not about whether the word of Terri’s “husband”, who has since fathered a child with another woman, should alone be trusted with conveying Terri’s true wishes in the face of opposition from obviously loving parents.
Because results don’t matter any more the Dems will utilize “technicalities” such as requiring quorum. The result in this case is that a woman will slowly starve to death.
UPDATE: Despite the objections of some Democrats, it looks like a successful vote will happen as Tom Delay openly questions Michael Schiavo’s motives and behaviour. The latest from Bloomberg:
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, told reporters in Washington today that it’s possible Schiavo may recover and suggested her husband may have an ulterior motive for wanting her to die. Michael Schiavo should be “at the very least called into question by his curious behavior over the last dozen years, his motives in all this,” DeLay said.
Living with and having children with another woman, while continuing to claim he’s married to Terri. Yeah, I’d call that “curious.” And Bush takes a stand saying we ought to “err on the side of life.” On the right side of history again.