The National Right to Life is lambasting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for saying in last night's debate in Cleveland that he should have tried to stop Congress from intervening in the Terri Schiavo saga.
Obama, an Illinois senator, said one of his biggest regrets was that he didn't speak out when Republican leaders tried to stop the severely brain-damaged woman's husband from removing the feeding tube keeping her alive in a Pinellas Park hospice.
"I think that's an example of inaction, and sometimes that can be as costly as inaction,'' Obama said.
Here's the statement issued by David N. O'Steen, the executive director of National Right to Life, which opposes euthanasia and abortion:
"Senator Obama's remarks show a callous disregard for persons with disabilities who are being denied the full protection of the law. Calling his actions 'costly' further adds insult to injury.
"His comments demonstrate a worrisome trend with regard to treating persons with disabilities. By applying a 'quality of life' test, disabled patients across the country are in danger of being denied life-saving care and food and water. There is an assumption being adopted that if a patient is disabled and unable to speak for themselves, they would be 'better off dead.'
"People with serious illnesses and persons with disabilities should be fearful of Barack Obama ever being in a position to make health care policy for our nation."