MSNBC - U.S. House panel to seek to keep Schiavo alive

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MSNBC - U.S. House panel to seek to keep Schiavo alive

The Associated Press
Updated: 1:03 a.m. ET March 18, 2005

WASHINGTON - 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 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.


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