Terri Schiavo: Federal court review (S. 686)

House Roll Call No. 90
109th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 203-58 (see complete tally)
Terri Schindler Schiavo was a Florida woman with severe cognitive disabilities who depended upon a feeding tube for nuitrition and fluids. On March 18, 2005, as a result of a state court order, this tube was withdrawn. National Right to Life supported legislation in Congress to allow further legal proceedings, in federal court, that might save her life. The preferred legislation was H.R. 1332, authored by Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wi.), which would have granted access to federal courts in cases involving withdrawal of nuitrition and fluids when a patient's directives were in dispute. H.R. 1332 passed the House of Representatives on March 16 by a voice vote, but this bill was blocked in the Senate. The Senate then passed compromise legislation, S. 686, which specifically granted a right to the parents of Terri Schiavo to obtain federal court review, anew, of all the factual and legal issues bearing on her rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal law. NRLC supported S. 686, which came before the House on March 21, 2005, and passed 203 to 58. The bill was supported by 156 Republicans and 47 Democrats. It was opposed by five Republicans, 53 Democrats, and one independent. Because the vote occurred during a special session called on short notice during the congressional Easter recess, 174 House members were not present for the vote. Roll Call No. 90, March 21, 2005. (President Bush immediately signed S. 686 into law, but federal courts subsequently refused to block the state court order, and Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005.).

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 90
Votes For : 203
Votes Against : 58
Not Voting : 174

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