Comments Prompt Speculation Terri Schiavo’s Husband May Give Up

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 30, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 30, 2004

Clearwater, FL ( — They say good things come to those who wait. The dogged determination the parents of Terri Schiavo have displayed in the decade-long battle to prevent their daughter form being starved to death by her estranged husband may finally pay off.

George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is the lead attorney for Terri’s estranged husband Michael Schiavo’s, commented on Friday in reaction to a decision to indefinitely postpone Michael’s ability to remove Terri’s feeding tube.

His remarks reveal a resignation that delights Terri’s family.

"I think we are coming very close, if we are not here already, where proceeding in the judicial system is futile,” Felos told the Tampa Tribune newspaper.

"It would appear that pursuing any remedy through the judicial system is simply a waste of time,” Felos added. "It is hard to see where there is any benefit in staying the course in this case.”

Felos also told the Tribune that it might be time to advise his client to stop his efforts to end Terri’s life.

Bob and Mary Schindler were pleasantly surprised Friday’s ruling and Felos’ comments.

"Eventually they are going to get the point that maybe what they are trying to do is just wrong,” Bob Schindler told the Florida newspaper.

Pamela Hennessy, a long time media representative of the Schindler family, called the development a possible "light at the end of the tunnel."

"Mr. Felos has changed his tune on things in the past," Hennessy said. "I look at this in a cautiously optimistic fashion."

Despite the comments, Felos is expected to file papers with the 2nd District Court of Appeal to ask lifting the stay Circuit Court Judge George Greer issued preventing removal of Terri’s gastric tube.

If the tube is removed, Terri is expected to die a painful two-week starvation death.

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