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"Compassionate congress will uphold constitutional rights of Terri Schiavo"

Washington, Mar 23, 2005 -

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the action taken this week in the U.S. House of Representatives to help save Terri Schiavo's life:

"A society is judged by the way that it treats its most vulnerable citizens. No person in America may be deprived of the right to life without due process of law and Terri Schiavo is no different. Terri Schiavo deserves to have her constitutional rights adjudicated by our federal courts and that right must not be infringed by any agency of government at any level.

“I commend the bipartisan efforts in Congress to save this woman's life and to preserve her right to seek legal review of her case in our federal courts. I especially commend the heart of our Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner for their willingness to intervene in this case on behalf of this woman's constitutional rights.

“While Congress has acted to render aid in this case, I will continue to work to pass the Incapacitated Persons Act that Congress considered this week to ensure that any American in Terri Schiavo's grave circumstances may have the assurance that they will have access to the federal courts.

“America is a compassionate nation and this is a compassionate Congress that has acted to 'do justice, love kindness' and uphold the constitutional right to due process of law for this precious and vulnerable woman, her parents and loved ones."

Rep. Pence is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and has been actively engaged in this issue, having participated in floor debate Wednesday night and the Majority Leader's press conference on Thursday at the US Capitol concerning this case.


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