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President Bush extends condolences to Terri Schiavo's families

Posted: March 31, 2005

THE PRESIDENT: "Today millions of Americans are saddened by the death of Terri Schiavo. Laura and I extend our condolences to Terri Schiavo's families. I appreciate the example of grace and dignity they have displayed at a difficult time. I urge all those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life."

Terri Schiavo, a 41-one-year-old brain-damaged Florida woman, was at the center of a legal and political controversy in the United States and her death came nearly 14 days after a Florida judge ordered she be disconnected from a feeding tube that had been keeping her alive since a heart attack in 1990 left her in a persistent vegetative state.

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