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Reverend Pavone on Larry King Live, Regarding Terri Schiavo

The following is a transcript from Reverend Pavone's appearance on Larry King Live on March 30, 2005.

LARRY KING: Father Frank Pavone, who spent part of the day with Terri Schiavo today and had a tough news conference. He's national director of Priests for Life. And you said, override the courts. Were you saying, break the law?

FATHER FRANK PAVONE, DIRECTOR PRIESTS FOR LIFE: I was saying that the courts have a limited role. The courts have their role, it should be respected. But, can we think of anything that a court could say or do that would be wrong? Of course we can. And there comes a certain point when a court violates fundamental human rights, when a court says it's OK to let someone not dying, who did not have a terminal illness now starve to death. Somebody has got to stand up and say no. And we do have two other branches of government that can act on their own authority.

KING: How do you want them to say no? Do you want Governor Bush to walk in there with a feeding tube? I mean, how do you want -- what do you want them to do?

PAVONE: You know, I think, Larry, that the governor and also the legislature --they've taken an oath to uphold the constitution as they understand it, not as the courts understand it. And they have to figure the best means, whether it's coming in here and ordering her be taken to a facility where she will be cared for.

The point I'm making is that we're witnessing, here, the loss of our freedom. We elect people to be governors, to be legislators, to be presidents, we elect them because we believe in certain values that we also -- see that they believe in. And now we're being told they can't do anything. And we're being ruled by these judges. Something is wrong with that.

KING: Father Pavone, David Gibbs says this is the last legal hurdle, there are no more. Are you prepared to toss it in?

PAVONE: No. And neither are millions of people around the country, Larry. Because it's one thing, we realize it's the patient's ability to choose their own treatment, putting aside the fact that we don't have a clear indication of what Terri wanted. We have to ask this question, if someone like Terri who is disabled, has the right to say I want to be starved, why not the chronically ill, why not the depressed, why not the teenager who just lost his girlfriend, and got kicked off the football team. When they express desires of suicide we call a hotline and try to help them.

This is a question which has far reaching implications. And I think the people around the country who are paying attention to this case have only just begun a whole new movement to bring attention to this moral problem.