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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Jeb Bush lies in the Schiavo case

The facts are finally starting to dribble out regarding Governor Jeb Bush's outrageous actions in the Terri Schiavo case. Documents whose release by the Department against Children and Families (DCF) was forced by court order further document the dishonesty of Bush's motives in the case.

"As the day approached in which Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was to be removed, Gov. Jeb Bush claimed there were new and compelling allegations of abuse or neglect that the state Department of Children and Families had to investigate.
That effort led to a dramatic showdown between the governor and the Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge who ordered Schiavo's feeding tube removed on March 18. Bush and DCF continued to seek its reinsertion, claiming the 30 or so new complaints had to be probed.
But documents released by DCF Friday reveal few fresh allegations that Schiavo was abused or neglected. Investigators wrote that there were 'no indicators' of abuse in any of the cases."

As expected, DCF is still defending its actions.

"Asked what in the complaints prompted the state's action to intervene, DCF spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said in a statement:

'We are required by law to pursue all allegations of abuse and neglect thoroughly and expeditiously. DCF received new allegations, as well as several alleged similar complaints, which we were obligated to investigate. However, the department was prevented from having additional diagnostic tests performed to better assess Ms. Schiavo's level of functioning and responsiveness.'"


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