Open Letter to President Bush and Gov. Bush from 11th Hour Coalition to save Terri Schiavo's life

To: National Desk

Contact: Joe Giganti at 703-928-9695, for the 11th Hour Coalition to save Terri Schiavo's life

WASHINGTON, March 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a copy of the open letter presented today as part of simultaneous press conferences held by the 11th Hour Coalition to save Terri Schiavo's life at the White House and the Governor's mansion in Florida.

March 23, 2005

George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Jeb Bush
Florida Governor
700 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32303-6131

Dear President Bush and Governor Bush:

Early this morning, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta denied Terri Schiavo's parent's application for a stay of her sentence of death. The ruling was based on arcane matters of law and jurisdiction-heady subjects that only lawyers and judges understand. While the law may be complicated and hard to understand, the reality is that an innocent woman, who has committed no crime, and is only dependent upon others to give her food and drink, will soon be dead.

Her mother and father, sister and brother love her - have cared for her and ministered to her. Her estranged husband has constructively abandoned her - yet still claims control over her life. Her situation is pitiful, and we as a people have failed her miserably. Our instinct ought to be to rush to the side of an ailing, dying fellow human being. We should be willing to sacrifice to provide her aid and comfort, but instead, we debate, litigate, and posture.

In the wake of the failure of the courts and legislatures to save Terri Schiavo from a national experiment with Euthanasia, we are here at the White House and at the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee because there are yet two men in this country that can save Terri Schiavo's life; President George W. Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.

As citizens and people of faith - we implore, beg, nay... insist, that you brothers, so distinguished by their singular accomplishments and political leadership - use the Constitutional powers of their respective offices to interpose yourselves and deploy the police services at your disposal and take Terri Schiavo into your protective custody, direct that her food and water be restored to her, and save her alive while the lawyers debate arcane matters of jurisdiction and jurisprudence. For God's sake, take pity, have mercy, and please do not delay in saving Terri Schiavo's life.

On behalf of the 11th Hour Coalition and...

In Christ's Name,

Paul Schenck, PhD, Executive Director,
National Pro-Life Action Center on Capitol Hill

Coalition Co-Signers:

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, President, Human Life International;
Stephen G. Peroutka, Host, Face the Truth TV & Radio;
Joe Scheidler, Founder, Pro-Life Action League;
Michael A. Peroutka, Co-Founder, Institute on the Constitution;
Christopher Slattery, Founder, The Evergreen Association, Inc.;
Rev. Greg Cox, Faith and Action;
Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life;
Rev. Stephen Cox, Gospel of Life, Ministries;
Rev. John Vandenberge, National Clergy Council;
Archbishop Randolph W. Sly, Charismatic Episcopal Church

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