The husband of a Florida woman at the center of a 2005 end-of-life battle is blasting a super-PAC affiliated with GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush.
“It is simply disgusting that Jeb Bush and his super PAC would exploit my wife’s tragedy for his crude political gain,” he said in a statement about the ad. “Shame on Jeb Bush.”
The 30-second ad, which was released by Right to Rise USA and will air in South Carolina, argues the former Florida governor is a “man of deep faith who fought time and again for the right to life.”
An image of Terri Schiavo, who had suffered massive brain damage after going into cardiac arrest, flashes on the screen during the ad. She was kept on life support by her parents, while Mike Schiavo argued his wife would not have wanted to live in that state.
Bush filed a federal court brief and issued an executive order to keep Schiavo alive.
In 2005, her feeding tube was pulled after a lengthy and contentious battle.
Mike Schiavo said the ad shows that if Bush were in power again, “he would do the same thing again, maybe next time to your family.”
“Using his disgraceful intervention in our family’s private trauma to advance his political career shows that he has learned nothing,” he said. “He’s proud of the fact that he used the machinery of government to keep a person alive through extraordinary artificial means — contrary to the orders of the court that were based on the court's determination, made over six years of litigation, that doing so would be against her wishes.”