GOP and Brain Damage

According to the AP, Senate Republicans have invited the severely brain-damagedTerri Schiavo to testify to Congress in a procedural move intended to keep her on life support. More specifically, the Senate Health Committee has requested that Terri and her husband Michael appear at an official committee hearing on March 28. A statement from the office of House Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., on Friday said the purpose of the hearing was to review health care policies and practices relevant to the care of non-ambulatory people, and that it is a federal crime to harm or obstruct a person called to testify before Congress, thus stopping any action that could threaten the health of the woman.

Sigh. Idiotic. As if Congress doesn’t have real work to do, like solving the budget problems, winning the war, keeping the world safe for democracy.

I realize they are used to working with people with brain damage, but this really tops the case. Let the poor woman die already, and let her family have some peace.

Update at 1:14 PM Pacific: The feeding tube was removed, after one judge blocked its remove, and then another judge said it was OK. Details here.

Something tells me this isn’t going to be the greatest of days.