Dr. Ben Carson was asked about Terri Schiavo, the disabled Florida woman in a coma whom then-Gov. Jeb Bush tried to protect. Terri died of dehydration after the courts sided with her legal husband over her parents and siblings and withdrew all food and water:
“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,” he said. “Your job [as a doctor] is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.”
Asked specifically if Congress should have intervened, Dr. Carson replied, “I don’t think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing.”
Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger told The Washington Post that Jeb Bush “has always advocated for a culture of preserving life. For him, being pro-life is not just about preventing deaths of the most vulnerable, but also about promoting human dignity and helping people preserve life. Governor Bush engaged on the issue and advocated for Terri Schiavo because he believes that when in doubt, it is important to err on the side of life.”
Paul Dupont is the managing editor for ThePulse2016.com.