TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback’s nominee for the Kansas Court of Appeals encouraged “forcible resistance” to try to save the life of Terri Schiavo.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that nominee Caleb Stegall was an editor of an online Christian magazine called The New Pantagruel in 2005 when the courts ordered the removal of Schiavo’s life support. The brain-damaged Florida woman had been at the center of a national debate over the right to die.
Stegall and his colleagues at the magazine issued an editorial statement. It said that if last-ditch efforts failed, those closest to Schiavo are “morally free to contemplate and take extra-legal action as they deem it necessary.” The statement said those actions could include “forcible resistance to the State’s coercive and unjust implementation of Terri’s death by starvation.”
Stegall’s comformation by the Kansas Senate is expected this week.