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Ben Carson disagreed with Jeb Bush's Terri Schiavo intervention



To underscore his credentials as a social conservative, Jeb Bush regularly reminds audiences how in 2005 he led the charge to bypass court rulings to force the re-insertion of feeding tubes for Terri Schiavo, the Pinellas County woman declared by medical experts to be in a "persistent vegetative state."

The Tampa Bay Times asked Dr. Ben Carson, a medical doctor and a favorite of Evangelical voters, what he thought at the time about governmental intervention into the matter.

"I said at the time, 'We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don't believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out,' " Carson said. "Your job is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up."

So was it appropriate for Bush, the Florida Legislature and Congress to intervene?

"I don't think it needed to get to that level," Carson said. "I think it was much ado about nothing. Those things are taken care of every single day just the way I described."

[Last modified: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:56am]


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