Terri Schiavo’s Law Will Get Florida Supreme Court Hearing

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 17, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Law Will Get Florida Supreme Court Hearing

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 17, 2004

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — The Florida Supreme Court voted 4-3 yesterday to hear the lawsuit over Terri’s Law, which allowed Florida Governor Jeb Bush to ask doctors to reinsert the feeding tube that is helping Terri stay alive.

Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband Michael, who is living with another woman and has already had two children with her, is seeking to overturn Terri’s Law. If the law is struck down, Michael has the right to end Terri’s life.

Oral arguments in the case have been set for August 31.

Earlier this month, the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal approved a motion put forward by George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael’s lawyer, asking the appeals court to let the Florida Supreme Court decide the case.

"They [the court] recognize this is a case that affects the lives of many Floridians; it needs immediate resolution," Felos told the St. Petersburg Times newspaper.

Attorneys for Governor Bush, a Republican, had hoped to keep the case of out the state’s high court. They were hoping the issue of whether Michael should have the authority to speak for Terri would be resolved first.

"We look forward to making our case to the Supreme Court about why the Legislature and the governor should partner with the courts in protecting our most vulnerable citizens," said Bush spokesman Jacob DiPietre.

Governor Bush has said that Michael’s interests may conflict with Terri’s, implying it may be appropriate to appoint a new guardian on her behalf.

Terri’s family points to Michael’s failing to comply with a court order requiring him to file medical care and treatment plans for Terri annually as he is required. Several of Terri’s teeth have been removed as a result of medical neglect.

Michael claims Terri, who collapsed under suspicious circumstances in 1990, would not want to stay alive.

But Governor Bush and Terri’s family say that’s not the case. They contend she would have wanted appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation that has been denied to her almost the entire time since her collapse.

Last August, the Florida Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal filed by Terri’s family of a local judge’s order allowing Michael to remove Terri’s feeding tube.

The one page order handed down by the court said "no basis for jurisdiction exists” in the case and no motion for reconsideration would be allowed. All seven justices signed the order.

Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org