Robert George on Terry Schiavo (ht: Volokh Conspiracy):

I don’t see that any just authority of the state of Florida is being displaced by the effort of Congress to ensure that Terri’s right to life is honored and that civil rights claims on her behalf are given a hearing in the federal courts. By “just authority of the state of Florida,” I mean the authority of the people of Florida to make laws through their elected representatives, subject to the provisions of the state constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I am not impressed by appeals to “federalism” to protect the decisions of state court judges who usurp the authority of democratically constituted state legislative bodies by interpreting statutes beyond recognition or by invalidating state laws or the actions of state officials in the absence of any remotely plausible argument rooted in the text, logic, structure, or historical understanding of the state or federal constitution. The fact is that, under color of law, Michael Schiavo is seeking to deprive Terri of sustenance because of her disability. Under federal civil-rights statutes, this raises a substantial issue. It cannot be waved away by invoking states’ rights.

George is the foremost natural law theorist in America today. The entire interview is a must read.

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