Schwarz Wants Shiavo to Live

By: Dan Ponce
By: Dan Ponce

"She does not have a condition that is going to cause her immediate death," said Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-MI).

Schwarz said Shiavo should be allowed to live. The Michigan congressman is one of only eight lawmakers in the House of Representatives who also speaks as a physician.

He said arguments over whether or not Shiavo is in a so-called "vegetative state" are irrelevant because with her feeding tube, her condition is not life threatening in the short term, and she has family willing to take care of her.

"I don't believe the feeding tube should have been removed under these circumstances," he said.

Congressman Schwarz also said he believes this is a violation of the 14th Amendment, which states in part: "no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."

Schwarz said he believes this is not a partisan issue. While he joined the majority of his fellow Republicans in voting to send this case to the federal courts, he said those on the other side of the isle were divided.

"Of the Democrats who voted, about half voted for [sending the case to federal courts] and half voted against it," he said.

Schwarz also added that if there's one lesson to be learned in this case, it's that everyone should have a living will and a durable power of attorney.


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