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March 20, 2005

Terri Schiavo: "Culture of Life" Martyr

The Washington Post reports today:

In a memo distributed only to Republican senators, the Schiavo case was characterized as "a great political issue" that could pay dividends with Christian conservatives, whose support is essential in midterm elections such as those coming up in 2006.


An unsigned one-page memo, distributed to Republican senators, said the debate over Schiavo would appeal to the party's base, or core, supporters. The memo singled out Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who is up for reelection next year and is potentially vulnerable in a state President Bush won last year.

"This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," said the memo, which was reported by ABC News and later given to The Washington Post. "This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida has already refused to become a cosponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats."


Andrew L said...

Several different news outlets have published (unscientific, I believe) polls that show A) approximately 2/3rds of Americans believe the husband should make the decisions regarding her care; B) approximately the same percentage say her feeding tube should not be placed; and C) approximately 60% of Americans see this as a blatant political ploy and pandering for votes.

For a personal take on the issue, see my blog.


Maria said...

While there's a lot of unscientific (self-selected) polls out there, here's a story on two which are legit:

click here