Hearing Prompted By Schiavo Case

Committee hearing prompted by Schiavo case

Less than a week after Terri Schiavo's death, a Senate committee is looking at whether new laws are needed to help people who are incapacitated and can't indicate what kind of health care they want.

It is a very touchy issue, as indicated by the outcry following Congress' failed effort to prevent the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube. The father of a retarded man is expected to warn the Senate Health and Education Committee that lawmakers need to be very careful about any legislation that tries to define what lives are worth living.

Committee Chairman Senator Mike Enzi says that while Schiavo brought the issue to the nation's attention, its importance didn't fade or diminish with her death.

Today's hearing replaces one where Schiavo and her husband had been asked to appear.