Friday, March 18, 2005

Culture of Life

Bush was quoted today as saying, "Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern. It should be our goal as a nation to build a culture of life, where all Americans are valued, welcomed, and protected - and that culture of life must extend to individuals with disabilities. "

Isn't mental retardation considered a disability? Where was that belief in a culture of life when Bush was killing mentally disabled people in Texas?

Terry Washington, a thirty-three-year-old mentally retarded man with the communications skills of a seven-year-old was executed in 1997.

Washington's plea for clemency came before Governor Bush on the morning of May 6, 1997. After a thirty-minute briefing by Alberto Gonzales, Bush checked "Deny"— just as he had denied twenty-nine other pleas for clemency in his first twenty-eight months as governor.

Mental health experts have pointed out that the mentally retarded's characteristic suggestibility and willingness to please leads them to confess - sometimes falsely - to capital crimes.

How Many Innocent People Did Bush Execute?