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By Times staff writers
Published June 16, 2005

"Mr. Schiavo has received so much criticism throughout this case that I'm certain that there's part of him that was pleased to hear these results."

- GEORGE FELOS, attorney for Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael

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"They are absolutely passionate about protecting Terri's legacy. . . . They want to make sure no family goes through what they went through."

- DAVID C. GIBBS III, attorney, speaking about his clients, Bob and Mary Schindler, Terri Schiavo's parents

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The autopsy report "doesn't change the position that the president took. The president took the position he did for a reason. The president believes we should stand on the side of defending and protecting life. That's why he stood with all those who supported efforts to defend her life. This is a sad case. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with her family and friends."

- SCOTT McCLELLAN, President Bush's press secretary

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"Today's medical report reaffirms that these kinds of heart-wrenching end of life decisions should not be made in an emotionally charged political body like the United States Congress. Politicians are not doctors, we are not bioethicists, we cannot thoughtfully weigh the medical evidence involved in end of life decisions, nor does the American public want us to."


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"I stand by what we did. You had the mother and father, brother and sister, screaming that she be kept alive, and the husband, I thought, was not credible. I felt like it deserved a federal review."

- U.S. REP. DAVE WELDON, R-Palm Bay, who sponsored a bill in Congress aimed at getting federal courts to intervene

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"My concern was for due process, and that is a legal issue, not a medical issue."

- U.S. SEN. MEL MARTINEZ, R-Fla., who sponsored the bill in the Senate

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"I thank chief medical examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin and his office for their careful review and work in the autopsy of Terri Schiavo. Amidst the medical terminology we must remember that we are talking about a human life - a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. Terri's life and her death remind us all that life is so fragile and must be valued. We will continue to strive to protect our most vulnerable citizens. All innocent human life is precious and government has a duty to protect the weak, disabled and vulnerable."

- GOV. JEB BUSH, in a statement, who supported state legislation to try to prolong Schiavo's life

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"All along I said that issue didn't belong in the Legislature's hand. The autopsy told us what we thought all along."

- SEN. NANCY ARGENZIANO, R-Crystal River, who helped block a Schiavo-related bill

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Times staff writers Wes Allison, Anita Kumar, Bill Adair, Joni James and Jacob Fries contributed to this report.

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