CLEVELAND (BP)--Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said during a debate Feb. 26 that he regrets his 2005 vote allowing Congress to get involved in the case involving Terri Schiavo, the severely disabled woman from Florida who died of starvation and dehydration after her feeding tube was pulled.
People with "serious illnesses" and "disabilities" should be "fearful" of Obama "ever being in a position to make health care policy for our nation."
-- David O'Steen, National Right to Life
Obama made the comments during a Democratic debate with Hillary Clinton. Both were asked if there were any words or votes they'd "like to take back." Clinton cited her vote authorizing the war in Iraq; Obama, his Schiavo vote.
In March 2005, the Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent allowing Schiavo's parents to take their case to federal court seeking to keep their daughter alive; they had exhausted all legal options within the Florida state courts. Although the parents said Schiavo would have wanted to live, Schiavo's husband disagreed, saying his wife previously had told him she would not want to remain in such a condition. Complicating matters was the fact that Schiavo's husband lived with a girlfriend, with whom he had fathered two children. Read More