Bill Frist on Families & Children

Republican Senate Majority Leader (TN, retiring 2006)


Damaged reputation by misdiagnosing Terri Schiavo by video

Frist sided with conservatives in March 2005 by convening an emergency Senate session to prevent the husband of a brain-damaged Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, from allowing her to die by removing her from life support. Polls show he damaged his standing with the public after he reviewed video images of Schiavo & indicated she was “not somebody in a persistent vegetative state.” After a court battle over whether to keep her alive ended with her death, an autopsy found she had a severely atrophied brain.
Source: Laura Litvan in Bloomberg News , Nov 30, 2006

Diagnosis of Terry Schiavo disproven by autopsy

Some of the more conservative officials in Washington demonstrated their frustration with the independence of the judiciary by injecting themselves at the last moment into the highly controversial Terri Schiavo case after nearly 20 judges, most of them conservative jurists appointed by Republicans, had maintained their 15-year refusal to extend her life artificially.

Making it clear that he was speaking as a heart surgeon, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist pronounced to his colleagues that he condemned the judicial consensus, "based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office here in the Capital. And that footage, to me, depicted something very different than persistent vegetative state." This diagnosis contradicted the subsequent medical examiner's autopsy performed on Mrs. Schiavo, which reported that she was blind and her brain was "grossly abnormal," less than half its normal size.

Source: Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter, p. 94-95 , Sep 26, 2006

Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors.

Vote to kill an amendment that would prohibit the distribution of violent video programming to the public during hours when children are reasonably likely to comprise a substantial portion of the audience. Voting YES would kill the amendment proposing the new restrictions. Voting NO would suport the amendment proposing the new restrictions.
Reference: Bill S.254 ; vote number 1999-114 on May 13, 1999

Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record.

Frist scores 100% by the Christian Coalition on family issues

The Christian Coalition was founded in 1989 by Dr. Pat Robertson to give Christians a voice in government. We represent millions of people of faith and enable them to have a strong, unified voice in the conversation we call democracy.

    Our Five-Fold Mission:
  1. Represent the pro-family point of view before local councils, school boards, state legislatures, and Congress
  2. Speak out in the public arena and in the media
  3. Train leaders for effective social and political action
  4. Inform pro-family voters about timely issues and legislation
  5. Protest anti-Christian bigotry and defend the rights of people of faith.
Our ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: CC website 03n-CC on Dec 31, 2003

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