Monday, February 21



I urge you to intervene on behalf of Terri Schiavo. Please, in God's name, do the right thing, the honorable thing, the moral thing, and save her life!

Terri is disabled and requires intravenous feeding of food and water to sustain her. How does that fact justify stopping that life-sustaining process. Were she on oxygen to assure the functioning of her lungs and the oxygenation of her tissues, would you allow the valve to be turned off? My father requires oxygen 24/7 because of a serious lung disease. I trust that your counterpart in California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, would not honor a judge's capricious ruling that my father's life is suddenly expendable because he contracted a debilitating lung disease and requires oxygen. Yet, I am obliged to write to you and appeal to your humanity. Why?

Your job as governor is to protect the rights of all of Florida's citizens. Florida's constitution expressly requires that the inalienable rights of the state's physically disabled citizens be preserved, despite what a Circuit Court judge has ruled to the contrary.

Demonstrate the political courage that John F. Kennedy wrote about in "Profiles In Courage," and stand up and be counted.

If Terri Schiavo is not protected by the chief executive of Florida, whose right to life will next be forfeited in your state? The lives of indigents? The lives of geriatrics? The lives of the acutely mentally ill? Where does the violation of the sanctity of life end? Which Florida citizens are protected by you and which are not?

Come tomorrow, we will know the kind of man you are. I pray to God you do the right thing. The nation is watching, not just the state of Florida. Remember this in your deliberations, Governor Bush:

Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's.


B.A. Higgins

(DEAR READERS: This was sent in the form of an email to Governor Jeb Bush this morning.)