GOP 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush appeared on Focus on the Family's radio show today and recalled how he tried to keep Terri Schiavo, who was in a vegetative state, on a feeding tube while he was governor of Florida.
Schiavo's husband Michael fought the state of Florida to allow his wife to be disconnected from the feeding tube after she had been in a vegetative state from 1990 until 2005.
Bush began the segment by saying how people should have legal rights to protect them from (choosing) assisted suicide, which is for terminally ill people (video below).
Bush also recalled how his administration provided state money to crisis pregnancy centers, which have a history of misinforming women in order to prevent them from having an abortion, noted RightWingWatch.org.
Bush then added to his pro-life credentials:
Terri Schiavo is another example of this where our laws in our country and Florida, particular, made it hard for us to do this, but ultimately, you know, Terri was starved to death, it was like ten years ago and two weeks, I guess now.
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly recalled how Bush had "courage" and how the culture "doesn't understand these concepts."
I mean I did this all within the confines of the power I had, and I was respectful of the fact that when I was elected and re-elected I put my hand on the Bible to swear to uphold the laws of the state of Florida. That's a scared oath, so I didn't go beyond my authority.
Bush said he passed new laws that "were ruled unconstitutional a year later."
Jon Thogmartin, a Florida medical examiner, found that Schiavo's brain was half the size it should have been and that her brain damage "was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons," noted CNN.
"Her brain was profoundly atrophied," Thogmartin added.
Dr. Stephen Milton, a neuropathology expert, said, "There was nothing in the autopsy that is inconsistent with persistent vegetative state," reported The New York Times.