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So what was that about states' rights?

How is the Schiavo case the concern of Congress? I want the Repugs to remember this when they talk about activist judges and intervention by the Federal government.

In a last-ditch effort to save Terri Schiavo’s life, a House committee plans to issue subpoenas Friday to stop doctors from removing the severely brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube.

The extraordinary legislative maneuver comes after the House and Senate failed to agree on legislation to keep the woman alive before leaving Washington for their spring break. House officials hope that the subpoenas will stop doctors from removing Schiavo’s feeding tube at 1 p.m. EST Friday.

“We will issue a subpoena which will require hospice administrators and attending physicians to preserve nutrition and hydration for Terri Schiavo to allow Congress to fully understand the procedures and practices that are currently keeping her alive,” House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis said in a statement. “The subpoena will be joined by a Senate investigation as well.

ShakesSis pointed me to a great breakdown of this case by Majikthise that illustrates how this tragic situation has turned into yet another wingnut propaganda campaign. Poor Terri.

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