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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Bush Appointees Help Murder Terri Schiavo
GOP Cannot Be Trusted on Life
Boulder, CO -- In response to the refusal by the 11th US Circuit Court of
Appeals to grant a rehearing in the Terri Schiavo case, America First Party
National Chairman Dan Charles issued the following statement:
"Conservatives and Pro-Life activists have long been trapped in the
Republican Party by the fiction that the GOP is Pro-Life. Billions of
dollars and hundreds of millions of votes have gone to the Democrat and
Republican Parties and their various front groups based solely on that
fiction. That fiction was laid bare for the world to see by today's 10-2
decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals not to even hear the appeal by
Terri Schiavo's parents. Those who voted GOP on the promise of Pro-Life
judges must wake up to the fact that they were snookered.
"Republicans control the 11th Circuit, with GOP Presidents appointing 7 of
the 12 judges. Six of those Republican appointees--the one Reagan appointee
and all five appointed by the current President or his father--voted so as
to continue the cruel and inhumane murder by starvation of Terri Schiavo.
Four of the five Democrat appointments voted the same way.
"The two judges who voted to give Terri Schiavo a chance to live are Judge
Tjoflat, a Ford appointee, and Judge Wilson, a Clinton appointee.
"Among the many GOP appointees voting with the culture of death is Judge
William Pryor, appointed by the current President Bush right after he
finished prosecuting former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Judge Pryor argued for Justice Moore's removal from office for the heinous
act of putting up a monument that said in part, 'Thou Shall Not Kill.'
"The Associated Press, Reuters, and other news organizations are all
reporting the vote was 10-2 to refuse the Schindler's request. Terri's
parents are seeking an expedited hearing of their appeal that their daughter
be given food and water while they litigate to save her life from the deadly
desires of an unfaithful husband with suspect motives. He only 'remembered'
that his wife wanted to die after receiving a large malpractice settlement
and finding out that his mistress was pregnant with the first of their two
"Time is running out for Terri Schiavo. The GOP controlled Florida
Legislature and Congress have both failed her. Legal options are nearly
gone. Maybe President Bush should declare Terri Schiavo an 'enemy
combatant' under authority of the PATRIOT Act, which would allow him to take
her into custody and hold her for years, without court redress.
"Or maybe the GOP should turn its attention to the more than 25,000 babies
that have been disemboweled since the state started to starve Terri Schiavo
to death last Friday.
"The good people of this nation who care about life need to understand the
half-hearted 'Pro-Life' gestures by the GOP for what they are: snow jobs to
keep the Pro-Life constituency in line. When it comes to stopping the
killing, the GOP can't get the real job done because the GOP is not
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2