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Senator Nancy Schaefer spoke these words in the State Senate Chamber in The Capitol of Georgia, on March 24, 2004.

Thank you - Mr. President. I rise for a point of personal privilege.

Tuesday morning - of this week, we began our Senate session with a message delivered by the Chaplain of the Day. His text was taken from Matthew 14 about King Herod and how the authority of that day had lost their conscience to the point of calling for the head of John the Baptist on a platter.

I believe the element that called for the head of John the Baptist was the same element that crucified Jesus Christ.

It is also the same element that is taking the life of Terri Schiavo.

As the authorities said it was legal in the day of John the Baptist and legal in the day of Jesus Christ, authorities today say it is legal to starve a living, breathing women to death in Florida.

The whole world is watching America commit the murder on national TV of a young woman who was never offered the first moment of rehabilitation by her husband who clearly abandoned her 12 years ago.

Is not our authority today calling for the head of Terri Schiavo?

Would the authorities in Herod’s Day call for the head of Barabbas? Of course not.

Would the authorities today call for the starvation of a person on death row? Certainly not.

What is being done to Terri Schiavo would never be done to an animal.

She has been without food and water since last Friday afternoon. Could She die on Good Friday?

I urge you, however you can, to speak up for the life of Terri Schiavo.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence about the right to life. He said: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

According to the Declaration of Independence, the right to life is a Divine right.

Will you join me in a moment of silent prayer for Terri, the Schindler family, and for our Nation."

Thank you.

Senator Nancy Schaefer
Georgia State Capitol
313-B Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: 404-463-1367
Fax: 404-656-6579

Senator Nancy Schaefer
50th District Office
P O Box 294
Turnerville, Georgia 30580
Phone: 706-754-1998
Fax: 706-754-1803

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