The Rev. Jesse Jackson, at the invitation of Terri Schiavo's parents, came to the Florida hospice where Ms. Schiavo is being starved to death by court order:
"I feel so passionate about this injustice being done, how unnecessary it is to deny her a feeding tube, water, not even ice to be used for her parched lips," he said. "This is a moral issue and it transcends politics and family disputes." [Rev. Jackson said.]
Jackson's visit provided an emotional boost to Schiavo's parents and siblings, who have maintained that Schiavo would want to be kept alive. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, insists he is carrying out her wishes by having the feeding tube pulled.
"I wanted the Reverend Jackson here for moral support," said Mary Schindler, Terri Schiavo's mother. "I feel good with him here. Very strong. He gives me strength."
Jackson said he asked Michael Schiavo for permission to see the brain-damaged woman but was denied. George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, declined comment.
Jackson also telephoned black legislators in a last-ditch effort to bring back a bill that would prohibit severely brain-damaged patients from being denied food and water if they didn't express their wishes in writing. Lawmakers rejected the legislation earlier this month and appeared unlikely to reconsider it.
You have to wonder? Did Agudath Israel and the OU lobby Florida legislators? It seems not. Did Chabad? Also not. Did the RCA? Nope. Did Agudas HaRabbonim? No. Did the RAA? Again, no. Did the YU Roshei Yeshiva? Nope. Did any of them visit the Shindlers to show support? No.