Michael Schiavo Continues Legal Battle, Terri Improving

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 23, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Michael Schiavo Continues Legal Battle, Terri Improving

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 23, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Michael Schiavo vows to continue fighting Terri’s family — this time over legislation passed that gave Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) the authority to require doctors to reinsert the feeding tube that was allowing Terri Schiavo to live.

George Felos, the assisted suicide advocate who is Michael’s lead attorney, will go to court on Monday to challenge the constitutionality of Bush’s authority. Felos claims the decision should rest with Michael, who obtained a local judge’s permission to end Terri’s life.

Felos claims Michael is benefiting from an outpouring of public support, though rallies and letterwriting campaigns have been overwhelmingly in Terri’s favor.

"He’s a fighter, and he’s feeling in some ways encouraged," Felos said.

Meanwhile, Terri Schiavo’s parents and brother visited her for more than an hour at Woodside hospice.

"Terry is great, absolutely great. She has her color back. She’s tired, but she just looks wonderful," said her father, Bob Schindler. "I think she’s out of harm’s way."

The night before, Terri appeared drawn and her eyes were rimmed with red, Schindler said, but she was beginning to look better Thursday.

Doctors reinserted the feeding tube at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater on Wednesday and then Terri was secretively transported to the hospice where she has been a patient for years, only minute before Terri’s family was scheduled to visit her.

Pat Anderson, attorney for Terri’s family, says the action was designed to weaken Terri before she was medically ready to be moved from the hospital.

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