Florida Supreme Court Upholds Delay in Schiavo Case

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 3, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Delay in Schiavo Case

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
August 3, 2003

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a Florida Appeals court that granted a 30-day delay in returning jurisdiction of the case to a trial judge who has approved the removal of a feeding tube that is keeping Terri Schiavo alive.

Attorneys for Terri’s husband Michael, who wants to end Terri’s life, wanted Florida’s highest court to stay the ruling, which allows Terri’s parents 30 more days to present an appeal as to why Terri should be allowed to live.

His attorney also argued the Schiavo’s have been allowed to make more than their fair share of appeals.

During the 30 day delay, Terri’s parents are appealing the Appeals Court’s decision, hoping the Florida Supreme Court will allow Terri to live and receive treatment she has been denied for more than 10 years.

Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, say their daughter reacts to them with tears and smiles, moves her head and moans. They have doctors who believe she could be rehabilitated with new and aggressive therapy.

"Terri has every right to live," says Ken Connor, the former president of both the Family Research Council and Florida Right to Life. "Her parents aren’t asking anything beyond food and water for their daughter, which are provisions that every nursing home provides."

"In this era of judicial activism, courts have wrongly interpreted basic human rights to include the Constitutional right to die," Connor continues. "Lately that right to die has evolved into a duty to die, and thus, a license to kill. Rather than defend and protect the helpless among us, America has shamelessly given judicial sanction to the culture of death."

Terri’s 10-year-old medical records were recently unsealed and the finding are alarming.

"Only recently, doctors other than those selected by Michael Schiavo, reviewed these medical records," explains Pamela Hennessy, a volunteer with a foundation set up to help Terri and her family.

"It was found that a heart attack did not cause Terri’s collapse as everyone was led to believe. Rather, according to one physician, Terri may have been a strangulation victim," says Hennessy.

Hennessy said the new evidence leads Terri’s family and their attorney to believe Terri may have been abused by Michael. If true, the allegations demand an investigation she said.

The Florida Supreme Court was asked to hear the case in April 2001 but declined.

Six days later, Terri’s feeding tube was removed but a legal order allowed it to be put back shortly thereafter.

Related web sites:

Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org
Petition to Gov. Jeb Bush Supporting Terri – https://www.zimp.org/pet.html