Michael Begins the Next Phase of the Terri Schiavo Lawsuit

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 27, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Michael Schiavo’s Attorneys File Motion to Overturn Bush Decision Saving Terri

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 27, 2003

Pinellas Park, FL (LifeNews.com) — Attorneys for Michael Schiavo, now including the support of the ACLU, filed briefs on Monday seeking to overturn Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R-FL) executive order authorizing doctors to reinsert the feeding tube that allows Terri Schiavo to live.

In challenging "Terri’s Law," Michael’s attorneys believe it is unconstitutional and violates what Michael claims is Terri’s desire against being kept alive.

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist is expected to file a response by Friday.

In 1998, years after questionable circumstances put Terri in her disabled state and following a lawsuit that awarded Michael $700,000 for Terri’s care and rehabilitation, Michael claimed to have recalled a conversation where Terri told him she wouldn’t want extra measures to be used to keep her alive.

An ensuing court battle has followed that culminated in legislation passed by the Florida legislature allowing Governor Bush to prevent Michael from ending Terri’s life.

In other developments, Terri’s parents have filed a motion against the appointment of Dr. Jay Wolfson, a professor of health and law at Florida-based Stetson University, as a new guardian for Terri. They say he should not be appointed because he has already made his opinion in the case known and can’t be impartial.

Though he has very rarely spoken to the media during the lengthy lawsuit, Michael will appear on CNN’s "Larry King Live" Monday night at 9 p.m. EST.