In a last-minute attempt to preserve Terri Schiavo's life until her case can be more fully understood, the U. S. House of Representatives, according to Fox News, issued the following statement:
"We will issue a subpoena which will require hospice administrators and attending physicians to preserve nutrition and hydration for Terri Schiavo to allow Congress to fully understand the procedures and practices that are currently keeping her alive," House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis said in a statement. "The subpoena will be joined by a Senate investigation as well.
"This inquiry should give hope to Terri, her parents and friends, and the millions of people throughout the world who are praying for her safety. This fight is not over."
Praise God! Terri's case will be receiving more scrutiny before she is subjected to a death by starvation and dehydration.
UPDATE Friday 11:00 am
Fox News is reporting that House Government Reform Committee lawyers are on their way to Florida to deliver subpoenas to Michael Schiavo, to the Schindlers, (Terri's parents), and to two doctors and the hospice administrator where she now lives. The subpoenas call these people, and Terri, as witnesses and also require that her feeding and hydration not be suspended until they can investigate the case. It is very significant that Terri is named as a witness, because there are laws to protect federal witnesses.
Does anyone with some legal expertise know the significance of Terri being removed from Florida in response to the subpoena? Is it possible she could then come under another jurisdiction for guardianship and medical issues?
Also, the House and the Senate have delayed their Easter recess to take up these issues.