Wednesday, March 23, 2005

And now for the last try (we think)

The appeals court, as I predicted, rejected the appeal of Terri Schiavo's parents this morning, right as I went to bed. In a 2-1 decision, judges Ed Carnes and Frank Hull wrote, "We agree that the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate a substantial case on the merits of any of their claims. We also conclude that the district court's carefully thought-out decision to deny temporary relief in these circumstances is not an abuse of discretion."
Now, they are going to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, who twice before has rejected a hearing over their appeals, and quashed Congress' subpoenas last week. If they take the case this time, it will likely be, in my view, to decide the constitutionality of this law that brought the case to the federal courts, and would reject both the law and the appeal. At that point, if Congress or any other legislative body tries anything else, then it will be clear to millions of voters that they are pandering to a certain constituency and not fulfilling their oaths of office. "Protect, preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States."
This law is unconstitutional, the measures used to pass it were incredibly undemocratic, and the end result of such a law is a weakening of individual rights. Conservativism used to be about individual freedom. Now it's about the government dictating religious belief by congressional fiat and interfering well beyond their constitutional bounds. It is disgusting, and next year, us voters need to make them account for their sins.


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