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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Legal setbacks for Terri's life

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(Reuters) Don't let the picture fool you. This is no loving husband reaching over to comfort his wife.

Terri Schiavo(in the bed) who has been described in a vegetable state may not realize that the battle for her life is hanging in the balance. Her husband is seeking her death and is locked in a legal battle between her parents, the Pope and Governor Jeb Bush (plus the Florida legislature). Another set back was delivered as the Florida courts ruled against the parents in favor of Michael Schiavo.
Two weeks ago, the parents of Theresa Schiavo asked Pinellas County Judge George Greer to reopen the case, vacating an order removing the feeding tube, and said their daughter's legal rights had been violated because she was not represented by an independent attorney. Greer denied the request in a written order on Friday.

This was devastating because without this order extension Michael will be able to remove the feeding tube on February 22. More below.

For those of you who have not been in the "loop" with the case here is the synopsis via Reuters:
Theresa "Terri" Schiavo, 41, has been in what some doctors said is a persistent vegetative state since suffering a heart attack that cut off oxygen to her brain in 1990; she cannot feed herself or communicate. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, said his wife would not want to keep living in her condition and sought legal permission to remove her feeding tube so she can die. But her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, said their daughter responds to them and might improve with treatment.

The long-running legal battle has become a rallying case for advocates of the right to die, advocates for the disabled, right-to-life groups and civil libertarians. Greer has twice given Michael Schiavo permission to stop his wife's feeding, but her parents have obtained reversals both times. The Schindlers also want Michael Schiavo removed as his wife's legal guardian, but Greer has not considered that request.

Greer first allowed Schiavo's feeding to be stopped in 2001, but another judge reversed the order. Her feeding tube was removed in October 2003, but the Florida legislature passed a special bill giving Florida Gov. Jeb Bush authority to have the tube reinserted, which he did.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled last September that the law violated the state constitution's separation of powers among the executive and judicial branches of government, reinstating the removal of the tube. Bush appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case. Attorneys for the Schindlers say they have other legal issues to raise which they hope will keep Terri alive.

Pray for Terri and visit their website called Terri's Fight and let the family know that you care. Selah.

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What is amazing is that in that picture she is obviously responsive to him and he still wants her dead. He's living with another woman - why hasn't this 'marriage' been anulled?

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