Government Leaders on Abortion
PENCE SUPPORTS SCHIAVO BILL
"Compassionate congress will uphold constitutional rights of Terri
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
"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.