Monday, March 28, 2005


Religious-right group misrepresents Schiavo's doctors

Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America reports tonight that religious-right group Family Research Council president Tony Perkins made misleading claims about medical affidavits filed in the Terri Schiavo case. Perkins' comment were made on yesterday's CBS' Face the Nation, and were similar to other instances in which supporters of Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler -- including a family attorney and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) -- have misrepresented the contents of the affidavits in arguing for restoration of Schiavo's feeding tube.

While many of the affidavits on the Schindlers' website are from doctors who have proposed possible treatments for Terri Schiavo, only one is from a doctor who has actually examined her. That physician, Dr. William Hammesfahr, was disciplined in 2003 by the Florida Board of Medicine and has falsely boasted of being a Nobel Prize nominee. Several are from nurses who claimed romantic interest in Michael Schiavo or claimed other improper behavior.

All have been fully considered by all the courts involved and given appropriate evidentiary weight. Many have been a matter of outsiders second-guessing the judges' decisions.

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