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White House insists Schiavo bill no precedent

[JURIST] The White House on Monday insisted that the special legislation [PDF text] passed by Congress in a matter of hours over the weekend regarding review of Terri Schiavo's case [JURIST news archive] was not intended as a precedent for Congress to step into future battles over the fate of simiilarly disabled or ill patients. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [official website] had previously said the law would not affect state assisted suicide laws (as provided for in s. 6 of the legislation) nor serve as a precedent for future legislation (as provided for in s. 7). White House press secretary Scott McClellan commented that it was unclear if President Bush would be willing to sign a broader bill covering right-to-die issues. McClellan's comments to the press this morning on the Schiavo case are available here. AP has more.

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