Terri Schiavo’s Feeding Tube Remains, Husband Can’t Starve Her Yet

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 21, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Feeding Tube Remains, Husband Can’t Starve Her Yet Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 21, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — A local judge has ruled that the estranged husband of Terri Schiavo cannot starve her to death tomorrow and has set a hearing this week to determine if he should be prevented from doing so while her parents continue their legal battle to save her life.

Michael Schiavo intended to remove Terri’s feeding tube on Tuesday afternoon once a Florida appeals court finalizes its decision against Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler.

The Schindlers have hoped to convince the court that starving Terri to death would violate her religious liberties. As a Catholic, the Schindlers contend Terri would not want to have her life ended.

The Schindlers are planning to take that fight to the Supreme Court and, while they appeal, they want Michael prevented from ending Terri’s life.

On Monday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge George Greer ruled that Michael will have to wait until he can hold a hearing on whether to allow the stay preventing the starvation to continue. Judge Greer set a date for a hearing on Wednesday.

While Terri is not on artificial life support and can breathe on her own, she requires a gastric tube to provide her with food and water. Should that be removed, she will die from a painful 7 to 10-day long starvation death.

George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael’s lead attorney, has instructed him to remove the feeding tube as soon as he is legally authorized.

In addition to their legal fight, the Schindlers have brought in pro-life activist Randall Terry to encourage grassroots support on Terri’s behalf.

"If Michael Schiavo has Terri’s feeding tube removed, we will respond with an avalanche of activism to save Terri from death by starvation," Terry said Monday afternoon. "Why is Michael determined to starve this woman? Why won’t he just give Terri back to her parents?"

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

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